KATHUA, June 8: The Central Water Commission (CWC) Supervisory Committee team members visited the Shahpur Kandi Dam project today to inspect the status and progress of works in courses on the side of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
CWC officers who visited the dam site include K. Vohra, Member (WP&P), CWC, New Delhi; RK Pachauri, Chief Engineer, PPO, CWC, New Delhi; Shiv Nandan Kumar, Chief Engineer, IBO, CWC, Chandigarh; Ashok Jeph, Director, Mergers and Acquisitions, CWC, Chandigarh; Sanjay Kumar, Director, National Projects, CWC, New Delhi and Siddhant Azad, Deputy Director, National Projects, CWC, New Delhi.
The team also inspected Power House I & II where bed level excavation has been completed and concrete will soon begin. The team then visited Siphon/Barrel for the Kashmir Canal works on which the Punjab and J&K sides are due to start soon.
The visiting team also reviewed in detail the ongoing construction works on the Ravi Canal and expressed satisfaction with the progress made by the Revenue Department of Jammu and Kashmir in addressing the issue of land acquisition in priority with minimum delay.
The Aquaduct site at Sukral Khad has been inspected and instructions have been issued to the executing agency to expedite the works.
The team visited the Noora Bridge site where excavation work of the jetty is underway by PWD (R&B) from the J&K side tasked to expedite progress.
The visit of the CWC officers ended with the inspection of the chief regulator of the Ravi canal where the works started.
Relevantly, the Jammu Kashmir side under Principal Secretary Jal Shakti Ashok Parmar along with his counterpart from the Punjab side is overseeing the implementation and execution of the nationally important project for which regular monitoring is carried out to ensure execution faster to meet deadlines.
The Rs 2715.70 Crore Shahpur Kandi Dam project when completed would provide assured irrigation water of 1150 Cusecs which will irrigate 32173 hectares of agricultural land in Kathua, Hiranagar, Samba and Vijaypur regions of J&K side.
From the J&K side, I&FC/RTIC Chief Engineer Hamesh Manchanda, RTCC Superintendent Engineer Ajay Gupta, ACR Sandeep Seointra, XEN RTIC Bharat Bhushan and from the Punjab side GM Dams SK Saluja and other senior officers in charge of the project were also present.