5 months after floods, Sonawari locality still inundated

Irfan Rashid

Residents blame illegal orchards; DC says encroachment removed

Sumbal, Jan 29: Even though five months have passed since devastating floods hit Kashmir, around 85 houses are still inundated in Ganstan area of Sonawari with residents accusing some persons of raising orchards in the way of nearby rivulet.
About 87 families in Branghair Mohalla Ganstan, with their farmlands completely under water, accuse some influential persons of encroaching the Ambirkhan rivulet.
“We are thankful to DC Bandipora who sent a team to the spot but they did nothing concrete for the drainage of water,” said Master Jalaludin Bhat.
“We have lost everything, no action has been initiated by the government,” said Ghulam Muhammad Dar.
Branghair Mohalla and adjoining villages are low lying habitations located along the Ambirkhan rivulet- a tributary of Jehlum.
Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Dr Shah Faesal, said that removal of the encroachment was delayed due to a dispute between two groups. He said the whole encroachment has been removed and relief distributed properly.



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