NEW DELHI: To study the causes behind the devastating floods in J&K, the Central Water Commission (CWC) has constituted a team of experts to look into their impact and ways of taking precaution for such future tragedies.
Last month, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had written to the CWC, requesting to assess the causes behind the floods and enumerate steps to be taken to avoid them in future. The CWC has constituted a team that will visit the region and study whether the Jhelum can be diverted or not. The team may visit the region sometime this month and submit a report to authorities.
Last month, almost the entire Valley was submerged in flood waters, with levels rising up to even 12 feet, after Jhelum breached along with the main flood channel, due to sudden water surge.
“The focus of the study is to look into what happened in the floods and how to prevent such disasters of this scale in the future. As part of the study, we would also analyse the proposal to channel the Jhelum such that it would bypass Srinagar,” an official said.