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Centre's second team to visit swamped areas in Punjab

punjab Updated: Jul 01, 2012 20:52 IST
HT Correspondent

Waterlogged Muktsar and Fazilka will on Monday receive second examination team from the centre. The union rural development minister, Jairam Ramesh, has assigned the 15-member squad to meet officials of the Punjab government and go with them to the areas turning into a swamp.

Members of the planning commission, central water commission, chairman of the central water board, and drainage experts are in the team. "The mission is to analyse the problem and study the remedies that the state government has given," said Vinod Chaudhary, chief engineer of drainage in Punjab. "The team will suggest solutions to the state and central government."

An 86,000 hectare land is turning a marsh in Muktsar and Fazilka. The visit will start off at Sikhan Wala village and move on to Kuttian Wali and other waterlogged pockets in Lambi assembly constituency of Muktsar district. The team will visit Sirjana, a Fazilka village, before meeting the state officials on Tuesday.

It's the centre's second review of the situation. The state government expects it to release money to solve the problem. In last monsoon, rainwater logged in fields because of poor drainage that damaged a vast amount of crop.

Doesn't ease
In his Punjab general assembly election campaign this year, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had accepted in his speeches that because of the logging of water in the villages of Lambi, his government had failed to dig the ground for toilets for the poor.

Grave problem
Muslim families, in minority though in Muktsar and Fazilka, are unable to bury their dead in the region because of waterlogged in the ground in most villages.