Akhtar seeks revival of irrigation schemes in Bandipora

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Srinagar, Jan 1: Former Cabinet Minister and senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Naeem Akhtar wrote a detailed letter to K.K. Sharma, Advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor, seeking his immediate attention towards the extension and revival of the age-old irrigation schemes in district Bandipora.
Earlier, a delegation hailing from Aloosa Bandipora met Akhtar at his residence here and asked him to raise the issue pertaining to revival and extension of ReshKul and Dahgam Kul in Bandipora district with the Governor administration.
Assuring the delegation that he has already taken the issue up with the government, he assured that it will be seriously pursued.
Later on, Akhtar wrote a detailed letter to K.K. Sharma, Advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor highlighting the issues people in Bandipora face while irrigating their lands.
Akhtar stated that there has been no net addition to age-old irrigation schemes in the district Bandipora except for the water released from the Kishen Ganga project recently. He added that due to depletion of resources and increased use some canals and channels have gone into disuse and suffered neglect and damages. “At the confluence of waters from Kishen Ganga and Madhumati, emerges the grand old Zainageer canal that irrigates large parts of Bandipora, Sopore and also some areas of Kupwara. Parallel to this Zainageer canal runs Reshkul and Dehgham Kul that also irrigate a few villages. Resh kul used to irrigate many more villages than it is able to cater to at present,” reads the letter written by Akhtar to Advisor Sharma.
The PDP leader added that with additional water from Kishen Ganga available to the area, there is scope for revival and extension of Reshkul that can irrigate the rainfed areas of foothills like Aloosa, Malangam and Kehnusa etc. “This would also help in employment generation in these villages. It appears that the expansion and extension of the canal would be a very cost-effective project. I have also brought this into the notice of Secretary to Government, Irrigation and Flood control.” Akhtar mentioned in his letter.
Seeking government’s immediate intervention into the matter, Akhtar stated that the project should be undertaken in the larger interests of the people living in these areas. (KNS)