Advisor Narula reviews progress on PHE, I&FC schemes

Excelsior Correspondent

LEH, Dec 14: Advisor to LG Ladakh Umang Narula today chaired a meeting to review the progress of ongoing works/schemes of PHE/I&FC Departments and for preparation of Jal Jivan Mission plan for Ladakh UT.
Chief Engineer PHE/I&FC Ladakh, Nazir Ahmad Bhat, District Superintending Engineer, PWD, Leh and District Superintending Engineer, PWD, Kargil attended the meeting. All the issues regarding PHE, I&FC sector were taken up for deliberations and the Advisor impressed upon the engineers, to find out innovative technological solutions to ensure supply of drinking water during the winter season in Ladakh.
Advisor directed the officers of PHE/I&FC Departments to start with a small pilot project to supply drinking water at subzero temperature during this winter by using available technology, on experimental basis, so that its functioning in these winters is subsequently evaluated for further improvements and corrective measures. He stressed upon the engineers to make schemes that ensure round the year supply of water.
While reviewing the ground water levels in Ladakh, the Advisor directed that the department should make use of the record of all ground water data of Ladakh available with the Central Ground Water Board. The Chief Engineer was directed to request Central Ground Water Board for opening a sub office of the board in Ladakh.
The Advisor, while reviewing I&FC Sector directed for completion of all pending projects of minor irrigation in a time bound manner on top priority. He also suggested adoption of new technologies in the construction of minor irrigation canals. The Chief Engineer, PHE/I&FC was directed to furnish the detailed requirement of technical and other manpower based on substantive data and with full justification.
Advisor directed immediate preparation of the Jal Jivan Mission plan, for Ladakh with due care, keeping in mind the influx of tourists and other relevant parameters to ensure hassle free safe drinking water to all households.