Waterlogged Pakki Tibbi village has a drain that is not even aligned correctly, a major cause for the recent floods. Experts and residents claim that incorrect design and drafting of the drains is one of the major reasons that the monsoon creates such havoc in the region each
The drain in Pakki Tabbi is also located in a low-lying region, a sure recipe for disaster.
Residents also claim that the drain has been constructed by overlooking the the actual path planned during its construction in 1997 and was shifted away by more than 1 km.
"This drain has been a disaster for us since its construction in 1997. It was to have a different route from Kattianwali to Pakki Tibbi. Its path was changed," said Bikramdeep Singh, a resident.
"More than 400 acres has been hit by waterlogging in the village since 1997. More than Rs. 15 crore have been spent to check the problem," he added.
"Measures like constructing ditchs, installing pumps to lift water, laying pipes beneath the ground under sub-surface drainage project and installing pumps along the drain have been tested in our village. However, the drainage department is not ready to correct its basic mistake," said Rosedeep, another resident from the village.
"The Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) had demanded contour maps of the drain constructed in Muktsar, but the government failed to produce maps, claiming to have no such maps. An eminent scientist had mentioned in his report published in 2008-09 that they were surprised to know that drains had been constructed without referring to contour maps," said GS Dhillon, retired chief engineer drainage Punjab.
"The problem has turned so big that the drain is not even levelled properly. As it is, drains in Muktsar follow a curved path," said Dhillon.
When contacted, PS Ghuman, superintendent engineer Gidderbaha circle, said, "There are some problems at some points in the drains. However, it is within control and we do not require to realign the drains at a large scale," said Ghuman.