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Save Srinagar from Floods

June 24, 2022 |

Srinagar will after two months observe the 8th anniversary of massive floods that devastated everything except human life as few deaths were reported compared to the scale of the volume of water it gushed out of River Jhelum to every nook and corner of Kashmir and in particular the heart of the city. Almost eight years have passed and the concerned department and officials are still clueless about the measures to be undertaken to save Srinagar from further flooding. Whatever action was taken right from September 2014 belies the claim of having a permanent solution to the problem wherein Jhelum water could be prevented to enter city from Batwara, Shivpora, Rajbagh, or Jawaharnagar sides as the bunds reshaped would hardly match the velocity of the mighty river. Despite High Court’s initial intervention in post-2014 reconstruction stage, the flood control department is awaiting the next flood to wake the officials up as the concerned engineers hardly check the ground situation when these bunds were filled with mud and soil which won’t withstand the onslaught of gushing waters as the bund crumbled at multiple locations in 2014 even though it had a history of being constructed during Maharaja Ranbir Singh’s period before 1947. The previous political dispensation did undertake measures that involved desiltation and construction of bunds but in Union Territory, the administration seems to have lost the track of tackling floods even though the officials at the helm are alert to the reality of such calamity. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been categorical and clear that Srinagar or the rest of Valley should never witness the level of damage in future as was seen in 2014. During the post-rehabilitation period, the Prime Minister’s Office was monitoring the reconstruction activities with officials being held accountable for action on saving city from floods. The fact Prime Minister ordered cash relief of various slots depending on the damage to the families in DBT format as a substantial amount was received by the victims through the banks which was a huge step to eradicate deviation of funds meant for flood victims. There were no reports of victims not receiving the allocated relief as was witnessed during distribution of ex-gratia amount or other cash/cheque distribution wherein officials were allegedly involved in taking a percentage from the sanctioned amount. The destruction which Srinagar witnessed in 2014 was unbelievable for anyone to fathom that the city and its people would start carrying on with their lives after six months and it was their resilience that made them relive again with much better space to breathe and leave the trauma of floods behind. However, the repeat of 2014 would shatter the lives and city since the houses which could withstand the floods for days would collapse once the waters again enter the building meaning more damage and risk of life which the administration has to preempt and divert the flood water to other safe spots to save Srinagar.

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Save Srinagar from Floods

June 24, 2022 |

Srinagar will after two months observe the 8th anniversary of massive floods that devastated everything except human life as few deaths were reported compared to the scale of the volume of water it gushed out of River Jhelum to every nook and corner of Kashmir and in particular the heart of the city. Almost eight years have passed and the concerned department and officials are still clueless about the measures to be undertaken to save Srinagar from further flooding. Whatever action was taken right from September 2014 belies the claim of having a permanent solution to the problem wherein Jhelum water could be prevented to enter city from Batwara, Shivpora, Rajbagh, or Jawaharnagar sides as the bunds reshaped would hardly match the velocity of the mighty river. Despite High Court’s initial intervention in post-2014 reconstruction stage, the flood control department is awaiting the next flood to wake the officials up as the concerned engineers hardly check the ground situation when these bunds were filled with mud and soil which won’t withstand the onslaught of gushing waters as the bund crumbled at multiple locations in 2014 even though it had a history of being constructed during Maharaja Ranbir Singh’s period before 1947. The previous political dispensation did undertake measures that involved desiltation and construction of bunds but in Union Territory, the administration seems to have lost the track of tackling floods even though the officials at the helm are alert to the reality of such calamity. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been categorical and clear that Srinagar or the rest of Valley should never witness the level of damage in future as was seen in 2014. During the post-rehabilitation period, the Prime Minister’s Office was monitoring the reconstruction activities with officials being held accountable for action on saving city from floods. The fact Prime Minister ordered cash relief of various slots depending on the damage to the families in DBT format as a substantial amount was received by the victims through the banks which was a huge step to eradicate deviation of funds meant for flood victims. There were no reports of victims not receiving the allocated relief as was witnessed during distribution of ex-gratia amount or other cash/cheque distribution wherein officials were allegedly involved in taking a percentage from the sanctioned amount. The destruction which Srinagar witnessed in 2014 was unbelievable for anyone to fathom that the city and its people would start carrying on with their lives after six months and it was their resilience that made them relive again with much better space to breathe and leave the trauma of floods behind. However, the repeat of 2014 would shatter the lives and city since the houses which could withstand the floods for days would collapse once the waters again enter the building meaning more damage and risk of life which the administration has to preempt and divert the flood water to other safe spots to save Srinagar.


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