Inter-departmental team constituted to assess damages due to railway track

Excelsior Correspondent
REASI, June 15: District Development Commissioner, Reasi, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, today constituted inter-departmental team for geo-technical survey and assessment of environmental losses and damages done to the infrastructure and public property due to the ongoing railways works in the district.
The DDC had written to Directorate of Geology and Mining for deputing a team of geologists to conduct a comprehensive geo-technical investigation and inspection of the railway network in the district following preliminary reports by experts that water resources and springs have gone dry due to construction of tunnels without taking into account the environmental impact.
As the Geology and Mining Department has deputed two geologists—-Dr J S Jamwal and Dr Brijesh Kumar for the survey, the DDC has constituted a composite team of all the departments/agencies for thorough survey and submission of report within a period of one month.
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Rajinder Singh Tara will act as Nodal Officer for the geo-technical investigation and survey and he will coordinate with all the departments for fair and timely survey. The team will have members from Konkan Railways Corporation Ltd, Revenue, Forest, PHE, PWD, PMGSY, BRO and Rural Development Departments.
While geologists will concentrate on core geotechnical survey to study the underground changes leading to loss of water resources, the departments along with representative of KRCL will survey all the damage reports in various areas and come up with assessment of losses.
It is pertinent to mention here that a number of complaints were received by the DDC from general public and various departments regarding damage to agricultural land, roads, buildings and utilities due to ongoing work of railway track. The environment management plan of the Railways is already under technical scrutiny following many complaints of irregularities.
The DDC has further directed all developmental agencies to take due care of public property and infrastructure apart from taking measures for preserving environment while taking up construction in this hilly terrain.

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