Six senior engineers,including the engineer-in-chief of the Irrigation Department,were suspended after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadavs inspection exposed irregularities in flood control measures in Sharda Barrage in Lakhimpur Kheri on Wednesday.
Akhilesh also ordered a probe in the use of GEO Bags for flood control and desilting at Sharda Barrage.
After the CM expressed concern over irregularities in flood control measures,Irrigation Minister Shivpal Yadav swung into action. Six engineers,including Engineer-in-Chief Jaipal Singh,Chief Engineer,Sharda Project,Awadhu Ram,Superintendent Engineer Lotu Ram,executive engineers Bharat Ram,Yogesh Rawal and Ram Nayan were suspended by the minister in the evening.
Earlier,Akhilesh reprimanded the officials for poor desilting and irregularities in use of GEO bags.
GEO Bags are large cylindrical tubes made from Geo-Textile fabric woven from heavy plastic threads. They are used to plug breaches in embankments after being filled with sand. Small openings of a few microns allow water and slurry to enter during flood. The water passes out but the solid remains.
There will be random inspection of GEO bags used in project. There are several complaints regarding irregularities in the bags, Akhilesh said.
He also expressed displeasure over the release of water in Sharda river amid complaints of silting. The desilting process should be done as per local requirements. The engineers have done large-scale irregularities in desilting. The guilty will be punished.
This was Akhileshs first inspection of a government project in another district after assuming power on March 15. Akhliesh met officials and asked them to start work in full swing so that it is complete before the monsoon. He also stressed on resettlement of those displaced during floods.
For flood-prone villages – Daulatapur and Govindpur – Akhilesh sanctioned projects worth Rs 18 crore. The work involves construction of spurs to divert water during monsoon. Five steamers were also sanctioned to rescue flood victims.
Shivpal,revenue minister Ambika Choudhary and Chief Secretary Javed Usmani accompanied Akhilesh during the inspection.
Akhilesh also expressed concern over damage to Dudhwa National Park during floods. It is the only national park in our state and we are committed to its development. For tourists,the guest house at Dudhwa will be upgraded while the approach roads and internal roads will be strengthened and widened, he said.