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Digging up of link road floods 50 houses in Muktsar village

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Muktsar, August 20, 2013
First Published: 10:05 IST(20/8/2013) | Last Updated: 10:13 IST(20/8/2013)

Pond sewage and muck has entered more than 50 houses in Mrar Kalan village, allegedly due to the digging up of two link roads in such a manner that the fields of the influential political leaders are spared of waterlogging.

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"Politicians and leaders are behind our plight. At their behest, the local administration dug up  two link roads - Mrar Kalan to Kahara and another road - to protect their crops," alleged Jaspal Singh and Amarjeet Singh, residents of Mrar Kalan village.

"As the water had no outlet and was literally forced into the pond, it overflowed and entered into the village pond, which is partially encroached," claimed another resident Baljinder Singh.
He claimed that the self-interest of a few had endangered the lives of village residents.
Sawan Singh, an old man from economically backwards section, is now homeless after his two rooms of his house caved in following the rains and the persistent waterlogging.

Water has also stagnated into the premises of the village cooperative society.

"No one from the government has offered us any sort of help," claimed Banta Singh, another resident.

Villagers claim that there has not been any power supply for four days. The link road, which runs by the village, is also submerged.  The Mrar Kalan to Sarai Naga link road is under two feet of water.

"Rainwater has entered into about 100 houses along the Mara Kalan link road here and the link road is almost choked," said a resident of Sari Naga village.

"In village Warring, there is over three-feet of water in streets. We are taking our luggage to Sibian, where my sister is married," said a tractor trolley driver.

POWER GRID AT VILLAGE SARAI NAGA SUBMERSED

The 132 KV power grid at Sarai Naga is also under water and supply to nine villages has been disconnected. "We have restored supply to village by making arrangements from other grids. Mrar Kalan is also being supplied power from Fidde Khurd grid," said Kuldeep Raj Sharma, SDO.

COTTON CROP MIGHT BE DAMAGED

"The survival of cotton is difficult because the rain water has been standing in it for five days and it will take time to drain. Paddy is likely to survive at many places," said Muktsar chief agriculture officer Beant Singh.

The cotton plants could be seen withering in some fields and there are few chances of its survival in most of the area.

Chack Kalyan,Motle wala,Chack Motle wala,Haraj,Bhutti wala and many other villages are almost deserted as people leave for safer shores.

Traffic has also been blocked at many places as link roads have had to be dug to make water flow again.

Muktsar DC Parmjeet Singh could not be contacted for comments.

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