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Enhance planning

Enhance planning
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This winter Kashmir has witnessed a very harsh season that took its toll on the people here. All walks of life were hit as the people had to bear the brunt of the winter extremes with little of fewer facilities at hand.
Even as of now Kashmir Valley is witnessing a harsh winter suggesting an unprecedented seasonal change. We have entered February month and the temperature in Kashmir valley is much below the normal that would otherwise be experienced here during this part of the year.
Apart from the change in temperature we are also witnessing an increased downpour during the last few months. The phenomenon has led to an increased worry among the entire population for various reasons including the increased water level in all major rivers and tributaries.
The situation has become such that just a day’s downpour leads to a panicky situation in entire Kashmir region as people fear for floods, the worst nightmare the people fear since the September 2014 deluge left almost the entire population effected.
Any prolonged period of rains in Kashmir is enough to trigger floods and the blame can be put straightaway on the unplanned dredging of river Jehlum, weak river embankments and ill-preparation of the government to deal with the rising waters. The governments lackadaisical attitude indicates that no lessons have been learnt from the deadly deluge of September 2014.
Post September 2014 nothing concrete was done on ground to prevent damage of such a huge volume. The then PDP-BJP government made tall claims about dredging of river and raising the height of river embankments, but the ground situation tells a different story.
In most parts of Srinagar city the Jhelum embankments have weakened causing a serious worry and concern among the local population. As we all know that winter is coming to an end in Kashmir and rainy season is all set to begin from mid February. The wet season will continue till June end.
What is worrying is that no concrete and modern ways of dealing with the flood like situation have been adopted by the government. The administration still relies on sand filled polythene bags to control the situation and once the flood threat is over even this cosmetic measure vanishes in thin air.
The Jhelum embankments across Srinagar city have witnessed a neglect which can prove catastrophic once the water level in Jhelum rises owing to severe or even a mild downpour.
Just the two days of rains during July last year resulted in many major breaches in Vaishow Nallah in south Kashmir that is the main tributary feeding the river Jhelum. Similar complaints were received from many other areas across Kashmir as people at most of the places were themselves trying to rectify the fault lines left unattended on the various embankments.
Since the winter months have witnessed an unprecedented downpour this year the water levels in various rivers will be at an all time high once the snow starts to melt. This should mean that the administration should be well prepared to meet any eventuality well in time.

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