HC notification to employees of the irrigation department regarding delayed projects

Uttarakhand high court sent a notice to senior officials indicating that three initiatives worth Rs 53 crore have not been completed within the planned period . The court has given the respondents four weeks to file their counter affidavits .

Haridwar: Following a PIL from the state irrigation department, the Uttarakhand high court sent a notice to senior officials indicating that three initiatives worth Rs 53 crore have not been completed within the planned period, despite the department exhausting a considerable amount of the dedicated fund.As the canal's construction is yet to be completed, the treated sewage is being pumped into the Ganga.The court has given the respondents four weeks to file their counter affidavits.The next hearing date is set for October 10.

It was Jal NigamJal Sansthan's job to see if it was being discharged into the Ganga.Panwar said the 10-kilometer long canal that was built to divert the treated water of Jagjeetpur STP has been operational since June 4, adding that plans for 20-km-long offshoots of the canal are currently being developed.Panwar said it was due to farmers' inability to provide land for the purpose.They didn't want dirty water to enter their fields.

The Subhash Garh barrage project is complete, but the canal is not.Panwar explained that the reason for the increased cost was due to procedural mistakes and delays in calculating the project cost, adding that all STPs in the Haridwar district are operating well, according to Jal Nigam project manager (civil) RK Jain.