|Early Times Report|
Srinagar, June 17: The Advisor to Governor K K Sharma today directed the officers to ensure that the ecological concerns in consonance with the local landscape and environment are taken into consideration while undertaking conservation of environment and water bodies maintaining that these should be fast paced.
The Advisor was reviewing the progress of work on the Abatement of Pollution in Banganga & Tawi Rivers Project.
The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary, H&UDD Dheeraj Gupta, Director Planning, H&UDD Ishfaq Packhiwal , Chief Engineer UEED,Satinder rana and other senior officers.
While referring to the importance of the project, the Advisor said the Project has a pivotal importance with regard to the conservation of the rivers Ban Ganga and Tawi. He said that it becomes important that the project is undertaken in a systematic and scientific manner while keeping in view the local ecology and also the heritage and cultural value associated with these historic rivers.
The project should be implemented in consonance with the local ecological and environmental concerns, the Advisor said.
Sharma also directed the concerned to involve other stakeholder departments like Forests, Soil Conservation, and Irrigation & Flood Control in the implementation of the programme. He said that the executing agency should also undertake convergence of other schemes in order to make the project viable and holistic.
The Rs 98.70 crore project meant to check the pollution abatement of River Ban Ganga and Tawi at Katra Town would be providing a total Sewerage network (RCC Pipe) to about 57.19 Km, having about 3619 Manhole (RCC & Brick) covers, providing 4045 house connecting chambers, 2023 property chambers and having 07 of Intermediate Pumping Stations (IPS).
Besides, it would have a non-sewerage component involving development of Bathing Ghats, Shamshan Ghats, Green Areas and Mini Parks at different locations en-route the main flowing pattern of the River Ban Ganga and it is tributaries finally culminating in Tawi River.