Jhelum flood channel’s capacity increased to 10,000 cusecs: Officials


The carrying capacity of Rambagh flood-spill channel has been increased to 10,000 cusecs, official documents revealed, three years after government had embarked on a mega projects to restore water holding capacity of Jhelum and the channel.
The capacity of the channel which starts from Padshahibagh and flows in Srinagar outskirts in north Kashmir, had got reduced to less than 4,000 cusecs due to siltation over the years, an official said.
It plays a vital role in regulation of water flow in Jhelum when water increases in the river posing a flood risk.
“The capacity has been increased from 4,000 cusecs to 10,000 cusecs from Padshahibagh to Bemina stretch,” reveals the document.
The chief engineer irrigation and flood control department, Kashmir, Shahnawaz Ahmad Mir said during phase-II of the project the capacity of the channel would be increased up to 30000 cusecs.
At present, Jhelum, and the flood spill channel, has capacity to hold water up to 40000 cusecs in Srinagar.
“Our target is to increase this capacity up to 60000 cusecs,” he said.
The work on restoration of the capacity of the channel was taken up in April 2017 at the cost of Rs 141 crore.
While more than 1758 kanals of land were acquired under the project, at least eight lakh cubic meters earth and silt was removed from the channel.
The city bore the brunt of devastating 2014 floods when most of the areas remained deluged for weeks together.

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