The famous Chakki river flowing through the outskirts of Pathankot is on the verge of drying up as Punjab’s neighbouring state of Himachal Pradesh (HP) is almost ready with a dam on its side of the river.
The HP government has prepared channels to divert the river water to other directions, which would leave
the river dry in the coming time, say experts.
The river has its origin in HP and it enters Punjab from the Dhar Block area situated on state border on the Pathankot-Dalhousie road.
Sources said HP has nearly finished one of its dam over the Chakki river in Lahroo village, from where it enters Punjab. The channels being built will carry its water towards Nurpur and Sulyali in HP, leaving the river dry in Punjab.
SUPPLIES WATER TO 40 VILLAGES IN PUNJAB
After entering Punjab, the river covers nearly 50 kilometres before joining the Beas near Pathankot and feeds the Dhar Block belt. Its water is supplied to nearly 40 villages situated on the Pathankot-Dalhousie route. The river also irrigates orchards on its banks besides providing water for industrial use.
“Already the natural channels of this river have dried up as the level of the river has gone down due to the rampant mining in HP. Diversion of water on the HP side will leave the river dry,” said Arvind Kalra an orchard owner in Pathankot.
Kalra said the Punjab government should not allow the “sudden death” of the river by asking the neighbouring state to look for alternatives. He said villages on the banks of this river should not be deprived of its water.
WILL MOVE COURT: PPCC SECRETARY
Viney Mahajan, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) secretary from Sujanpur, said he was worried with the fresh move of HP and the state government’s response, which was busy fighting with Haryana over water issue.
He said it was surprising that the government did not act when HP started planning the dam, which would leave thousands of acres of land in Punjab’s hilly area in severe water crisis.
“It is surprising they (HP) have nearly finished the work and our leaders have not uttered a single word on this. We will take this matter to courts,” said Mahajan.