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Canal damage raises fears of Ratangarh rerun

THE REPORTED damage to the Doab canal near Magrauni in Shivpuri district has raised fears among the local population of a Ratangarh-like tragedy.

india Updated: Nov 06, 2006 14:00 IST

THE REPORTED damage to the Doab canal near Magrauni in Shivpuri district has raised fears among the local population of a Ratangarh-like tragedy.

In the event of a breach in the canal the water level of Sindh river is likely to swell suddenly during the festival time when religious fairs are held almost every Monday at Dhoomeshwar and Ratangarh in Datia district situated on the banks of Sindh river. Sudden rise in water level in the river had recently claimed over 50 lives of pilgrims on way to a Ratangarh temple. Water gushing from the damaged canal would flow into Sindh via river Parwati.

However, Chief Engineer P C Sharma was not available for comments. The canal acts as a link to Harsi feeder canal built on Mohnisagar dam and was damaged recently.

This had led to release of additional water in Parvati, a tributary of Sindh River. About a kilometer-long canal was developed by farmers of nearby villages for irrigation without the faintest knowledge of the Water Resource Department officials.

Sources said the main Doab canal was damaged while the villagers were trying to link the canal with the one constructed by them. The field staff, in connivance with senior officials, deliberately allowed water to be diverted in other directions during irrigation season, they said adding that recently there were reports of damage to Rajghat canal in Datia and Harsi feeder canals.

Senior officials of the Water Resources Department have been informed about the damage to the Doab canal and to take measures to avoid recurrence of any tragedy.