Sunday, November 15, 2009

Rs. 9.50 Cr for Chenab flood protection works

Minister for Health, Horticulture and Floriculture, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma has said that Rs. 9.50 crore would be spent on Chenab River channelizing around Akhnoor this fiscal to save the fertile land from erosion during floods. He said hundreds of kanals of land in the area have been washed away by floods in the past and to tackle the problem, the government has formulated a comprehensive plan of Rs. 19 crore. The Minister said this during his day long extensive tour of the areas located at the right bank of Chenab at Akhnoor. The Minister took on-the-spot assessment of the situation and issued directed the engineers to start the work on the vulnerable spots. He asked them to complete the works before the next summer season. He stressed on maintaining the quality of work as per the set specifications and by making use of modern engineering techniques while emphasizing on judicious use of funds. Saying that saving the lives and property of the people is the prime duty of the government, the Minister assured that all necessary measures would be taken in this regard. He said that concerned officers will keep a close vigil over the situation especially during the rainy season when threat of floods looms large. He said a new survey of the vulnerable areas will be conducted to tackle the problem effectively. The villages visited by the Minister included Lehrian, Sangrampur, Chack Biasa, Bhour, Dalpat, Chack Kirpalpur,Changwan, Devipur, Mera, Shetaliar. All these villages are located just at the right bank of river Chenab and remain under the threat of floods during the summer. Various deputations of people called on the Minister during the tour and apprised him about their problems. He heard them patently and assured the redress at the earliest. Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Daleep Bakshi, SDM, Akhnoor, Mr. Ashok Sharma and other officers accompanied the Minister.