Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday held discussions with environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal for revival of the holy bein.
Both reviewed the status of ponds and sewage treatment plants (STPs) to be constructed in Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar districts to check direct and indirect discharge of untreated water into the bein. The meeting was attended by the functionaries of the state government and deputy commissioners of Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar.
The chief minister directed the chairman Punjab pollution control board (PPCB) to visit the areas where work has been stalled due to technical issues and coordinate with other departments. The chief minister also directed his principal secretary and principal secretary, science, technology and environment to hold a meeting with the DCs and Seechewal to resolve all issues.
Acceding to the request of Seechewal, Badal also asked the chairman Punjab state power corporation limited (PSPCL) to ensure electric supply to lift the pond water wherever needed. Badal agreed to release ` one crore to drainage wing of irrigation department for the execution of stone pitching work to ensure adequate release of water to holy Bein from the Mukerian Hydel channel so that the quality of water is maintained.
Taking part in the deliberations, Baba Seechewal informed Badal that of the seven bridges planned over holy Bein, four have already been constructed and the work on the remaining three would begin soon after getting the required material from the irrigation department.