Devika Project of Udhampur
- Dr Jitendra Singh reviewed the progress of the Devika River Project of Udhampur in J&K and called for speedy execution of this model project.
- Devika river holds great religious significance as it is revered by Hindus as the sister of the river Ganga.
- Apart from taking care of traffic congestion, the Devika Bridge was also meant to help smooth the passage of Army convoys and vehicles.
In June last year, Dr Jitendra Singh had also inaugurated the important Devika Bridge in Udhampur.
The work on the Rs.190 Crore project under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP) started in March 2019. Under the project, bathing “ghats” (places) on the banks of the Devika River will be developed, encroachments will be removed, natural water bodies will be restored and catchment areas will be developed along with cremation ground.
The project includes the construction of three sewage treatment plants of 8 MLD, 4 MLD and 1.6 MLD capacity, sewerage network of 129.27 km, development of two cremation ghats, protection fencing and landscaping, small hydropower plants and three solar power plants.
On completion of the project, the rivers will see a reduction in pollution and improvement in water quality.