Jal Shakti Minister urges attention towards flood mitigation

Jal Shakti Minister

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh’s Jal Shakti Minister  Swatantra Dev Singh directed the departmental officers that all the flood projects under construction should be completed by June 20 at any cost. The responsibility for the quality of the projects will be of the concerned regional chief engineer, so all the regional chief engineers must compulsorily do a field inspection of the projects under construction under their area.

He said that he himself will do a field inspection of the projects and if any kind of flaw is found, the accountability of the concerned chief engineer will be fixed. Uttar Pradesh’s Jal Shakti Minister  Swatantra Dev Singh gave this instruction  in a review meeting with departmental officers on pre-flood preparations and other various subjects at the headquarters of the Irrigation and Water Resources Department located at Udayganj.  Swatantra Dev Singh said on this occasion that by adopting an integrated approach towards floods, be alert, ready and determined to deal with the possible flood disaster.

Swatantra Dev Singh took information about the vacant posts of the department in the review meeting and directed the head of the department to complete the process of filling the vacant posts of the department as soon as possible.

Swatantra Dev Singh directed that the process of transfer should be completed on time as per the transfer policy. He gave clear instructions that the transfer or change of desk of employees working in the same district or section for more than 03 years should be done compulsorily and in no case should there be any amendment in the transfer order after the transfer.

Swatantra Dev Singh directed that the officers and employees nominated for monitoring all the highly sensitive embankments of the state should keep continuous monitoring. For collection and communication of flood information during the flood period, the Central Flood Control Room established in Lucknow and all the Flood Control Rooms established in various districts should be kept continuously functional from 15 June 2024 onwards during the entire flood period.

He directed that the work of cleaning the drains (a total of 4020 drains are to be cleaned in the financial year 2024-25, whose total length is 15585 km) should be completed within the stipulated time frame to minimize the flooding of the rural areas of the state. He directed that it should be your prime duty to deliver water to the tail of the canals for irrigation to the farmers. Serve the farmers by going to the pinnacle of hard work.

In the flood related presentation in the review meeting by the departmental officers, it was informed that to provide protection from floods, a total of 281 flood protective projects of 48 districts of the state approved in the 57th and 58th meeting of the Uttar Pradesh State Flood Control Council and 57 flood projects in progress will be completed by June 20. A total of 523 embankments have been constructed for flood protection in the state, additional junior engineers/assistant engineers have been put on duty on all the most sensitive embankments. Reserve stock has been collected at 213 identified sites in 41 districts to deal with the flood situation.

Repair work has been done at 657 very sensitive and sensitive sites that are affected by the river current. 916 flood protection committees have been formed in 40 districts. Physical verification of pre-flood preparations in flood affected districts has been done by forming a team from the headquarters level. Flood control classes have been established in 52 districts. On this occasion, Minister of State for Jalshakti  Ramkesh Nishad, Principal Secretary Irrigation and Water Resources  Anil Garg, Chief Engineer and Head of Department  Akhilesh Kumar Sachan, Chief Engineer Design and Planning  Sandeep Kumar, Chief Engineer (Mechanical)  Chetan Maheshwari along with the concerned regional Chief Engineer and other departmental officers were present.

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