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Ishfaq Jabbar urges Governor Administration to expedite the work on Malshahibagh Canal, demands free ration for 21 villages for six months.

Raised issue with Chief Secretary, Div Com & DC Ganderbal.

Mir Showkat

National Conference Senior Leader , and former member of Legislative Assembly from Ganderbal, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar, has demanded that the work on breached spot on the Sindh Extension Canal at Malshahibagh in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district should be expedited and the canal should be charged within the shortest possible time.

In a statement issued here the former MLA said that the people in many areas of Fakh in Ganderbal district are without portable water besides several hectares of agricultural land has become barren due to lack of irrigation.

Sheikh Ishfaq who was on a condolence visit to different areas of Ganderbal which include Dangerpora, Wahidpora, Batwina and different areas of Fakh where people met him and apprised him about different problems faced by them.

The people of Fakh area while interacting with Mr Jabbar said that the area is without portable water and our land has become barren due to lack of irrigation facilities.

Mr Jabbar raised the issue with Chief Secretary J&K B V R Subrahmanyam, Div Com Kashmir P K Pole and Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Shafqat Iqbal and demanded that the concerned authorities should expedite the work on breached spot by way of engaging more men and machinery and exhorted for charging the canal within the shortest possible time.

Ishfaq said that the breach in the canal has left about 21 villages of Ganderbal without portable water and has affected the Kharif irrigation season.

Ishfaq demanded that the free ration for six months should be distributed free of cost to the 21 affected villages as the administration has advised them to grow/ plant maize instead of paddy due to lack of irrigation facilities.

He further demanded that the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department should made alternate arrangements to provide water supply to the general public and place new water pipes adjoining to the canal to bypass breach portion and make spring or bore well water feasible for drinking.

Chief Secretary, Div Com Kashmir & Deputy Commissioner, Ganderbal, assured Jabbar that due to the lockdown, the repair work has taken a hit and said that the material, pipes for carrying out the restoration works has to be ferried from outside and has now reached the Jammu and in comming next one or two weeks the restoration work on breach will be started.

Meanwhie, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar on Sunday visited the residence of Late Ab Rehman Mir Ex- District President NC Ganderbal , Block President Batwina Ab Rehman Bhat, Imam Jamia Masjid Beehama Late Pir Gh Hassan, District Secretary Mohd Yaseen Shah, Late Ab Rehman Bhat Halqa President Hadoora Ab Aziz Mir Kachan, Late Haji Ali Mohd Dar Dangerpora for condolences.

Ishfaq expressed his heartfelt condolences with the bereaved families and expressed profound grief and sorrow over their demise.

Praying to the Almighty Allah for granting Jannat-ul-Firdous to  departed souls, Ishfaq also prayed to Allah for granting forbearance to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss.

Ishfaq was accompanied by NC Youth President Ganderbal Mir Mushtaq, Adv. Altaf Lone, District Secretary NC Mohd Yaseen Block President Fakh Fayaz Ahmad, Haji Fayaz Ahmad Bhat Gulabagh, Tak Mohd Khan, Gh Nabi Bhat, Farooq Ahmad Shuhama, Waseem Ahmad, Abdul Rashid, Showkat Ahmad Shallabugh, Shiraz Ahmad and others.