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Jammu KashmirTurmoil hits key developmental works

Turmoil hits key developmental works


NL Correspondent

Srinagar: As the has been paralysed for the last two months, the works on various key developmental works have been stopped in view of the prevailing situation in the Valley.

The work on some vital projects including Jahangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover, construction of surface water drainage system in Athwajan, water pipeline Doodhganga, water drainage system Rawalpora and other projects have been stopped due to the continuous shutdown and strict restrictions across Valley including Srinagar.

All these major projects which are handled by Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) and financed by Asian Development Bank (ADB) have missed deadlines while most of the skilled and semi-skilled labourers have abandoned the construction sites.

An official of Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) said in view of the prevailing situation the work on almost all projects have been stopped across the Valley.

He said that both skilled and semi-skilled labourers have left the work midway and have fled the Valley. “Thousands of workers have abandoned the work and left for their homes. Due to shortage of labour we won't be able to start the work again. Once normalcy returns, the construction work will also take off,” he said.

He  further added that not only shortage of labourers but lack of casting yard materials includes sand, cement and other transport facilities to the construction sites have further aggravated the situation which in turn has further delayed the developmental projects in the valley. “Lack of construction material and the machinery deployed on construction sites is lying defunct,” he said.

Similarly, the dredging process of the river Jehlum which was to be completed within a year has also been stopped due to on-going unrest in the Valley. “It has been stopped due to unrest in the valley and the work will restart as soon as the situation normalizes,” Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Kashmir, Javid Jaffar said.

After September 2014 floods,  the state government had started dredging of river Jhelum from Srinagar to north Kashmir but that has been stopped due to unfavourable situation.

“Due to the communication clampdown, we are not able to contact our officers and other functionaries in different districts of the Valley who were handed over the responsibility of these projects,” another official said.

Pertinently,  Central government under the Prime Minister's Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Programme 2015 (Flood Management Works on Jhelum Phase I) had sanctioned Rs 399.29 crore in which a component of Rs 34 crore was fixed for dredging of the river while as Rs 75 crore was supposed to be spent for the strengthening of river embankments and spill over channels.

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