The Punjab government has constituted a state-level committee to solve perennial waterlogging problem in southern districts of the state. This committee would prepare a surface and underground drainage infrastructure master plan for waterlogged areas of southern Punjab for identification of the extent of the problem, remedies, coordinated action plan and the costs in the state. The notification in this regard has been issued.
Stating this on Friday, a spokesman for the irrigation department said this committee would comprise Gen BS Dhaliwal (retd), technical adviser to chief minister, as chairman; chief engineer of the drainage wing; chief engineer of the canals wing; chief engineer of the irrigation power research institute; director, central design office; chief engineer, public works department (buildings and roads); chief engineer, Mandi Board; and chief engineer, panchayati raj, as members.
The spokesman said the committee would commence its work with immediate effect and submit the report within 30 days. Each chief engineer would be assisted by a superintending engineer and two executive engineers for this task. Principal secretary, irrigation, and principal secretary to the CM Punjab would review the progress after two weeks.