The Punjab government has sought Rs 350 crore from the Centre for de-silting, relining and rehabilitation of the 152-km-long Sakki Nullah running from Amritsar to Gurdaspur.
The state government has urged the Centre to approve the project and release the grant at the earliest so that work could be started soon.
Irrigation chief parliamentary secretary Sohan Singh Thandal said this here on Sunday. Thandal said the nullah that started from Swailpur village near Dinanagar and went up to Lodhi Gujjar village in Rajasansi created trouble during monsoon, as about 76,000 acres of land got submerged every year, besides affecting the lives of more than 1.25 lakh people in over 500 villages.
Thandal said that considering this, the state government had chalked out a project worth Rs 350 crore, which had been sent to the Centre for approval.
"The Punjab government in the current financial year has spent Rs 511 crore out of the Rs 1,200 crore sanctioned for strengthening the river embankments," said Thandal, adding that Rs 416 crore had been spent on cleanliness and de-silting of rivulets and minor drains. He said the local MLAs had been asked to monitor the ongoing irrigation development projects and to ensure their timely completion.