Srinagar, July 6: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court today directed government to file response regarding disaster management with regard to floods in Srinagar.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of the high court headed by Chief Justice also directed Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control to place the presentation on website, social media, print and electronic media for knowledge of the general public.
The court also directed forest department to examine the situation of deforestation and file the response.
As regards establishment of authority under J&K Water Resources Act 2010, additional advocate general submitted before the court that meeting was being held itself under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary to put in place the authority. Following the submission, the Court directed him to indicate status about it in a report to be filed by next date of hearing.
The Court was also informed about the dredging and widening of river banks as also the constructions of protection, retaining walls along river banks at various places.
About the acquiring of land, the court was informed that 242.11 kanals in Srinagar, 975.7 kanals private and 300 kanals (forest land) in Budgam has been acquired on flood channel spills till April 2017 under flood management programme on Jehlum.
Regarding dredging in Srinagar, 70000 cubic meters of quantity out of which 320000 cums progress has been achieved.
In Baramulla total quantity was 9,15000 and out of which, 3,71000 cums progress has been achieved and 5,44000 dredging was balance. The counsel for the petitioner while confronting the information submitted that no dredging has taken place so far as south Kashmir. He stated the court floods of 2014 was not a surprise for the government as they were in knowledge about the floods will struck which was depicted by the report of (Remote Sensing Department). He submitted that the main cause of overflowing of Jehlum was melting of glaciers and deforestation which was the reason of flow of water level in the river.