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Andrabi visits Chadoora to assess the damage caused by flash floods in Doodhganga Nallah

Locals fear further soil-sliding along the banks of the Nallah, and demand the building of an embankment protection

SRINAGAR, June 23: Jammu Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) Media Advisor Farooq Andrabi on Thursday visited the localities wherein flash floods in Doodhganga Nallah have caused damage to the banks of the Nallah in central Kashmir’s Chadoora area.

He was accompanied by JKAP’s youth leader and Chairman Municipal Committee, Chadoora, Syed Fahad Andrabi. The Chairman Municipal Committee was leading a team of officials from the Municipality and Irrigation & Flood Control Department.

According to a press release issued here, the team assessed the damage caused by the flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall on Wednesday.

They met the residents, who informed Andrabi and the officials that the damage caused to a portion of the Nallah Doodhganga has posed a great threat to the nearby houses and buildings.

The inhabitants informed the delegation that the damage to the banks of the Nallah has mainly posed a threat to the residential houses at Al-murshid Colony, Grattabal, and Ali Pora, as well as the bus stand, the town hall building, and an under-construction college structure.

They demanded immediate construction of a concrete bund at vulnerable places along the Nallah.

The visiting team while having an on-spot assessment of the situation found that the apprehension expressed by the locals is undeniable.

On this occasion, Andrabi assured the people that their concern would be brought to the higher-ups to ensure a concrete protection bund is erected at fragile places along the banks of the Nallah.

He urged the administration to look into the matter on a priority basis. He said, “I request Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Deputy Commissioner Budgam, and Chief Engineer Irrigation & Flood Control to send a survey team to the spot to gauge the threat and for the assessment of construction of a protection bund along the Nallah.”

He added, “To avoid any eventuality, it is important the issue be looked at as a priority because the weak banks of the Nallah are not causing a great threat to the residential houses and other buildings only but also to the human.”

The local residents also informed the team that the ongoing dredging of the Doodhganga Nallah has made it more dangerous and vulnerable to flash floods and landslides on the banks of the Nallah. They demanded the dredging be stopped immediately.