For a permanent and effective solution to the problem of water logging in Punjab, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has asked the irrigation department to widen, upgrade and strengthen the drainage system in the state.
The chief minister was on a tour of the Muktsar villages on Sunday after the flood-like situation in many villages of the district.
After discussions with the flood victims of the district, the chief minister laid emphasis on upgrading, widening and strengthening the drainage system of the south western districts of Punjab to tackle the problem of water logging due to floods in the state.
Badal said upgrading the drainage system in the state was a part of the ambitious project of the state government to tackle the problem of water logging. "The up gradation of the drainage system will bring down the time taken to clear out the flood water from the existing two to three weeks to only one week," he said.
The chief minister instructed revenue financial commissioner NS Kang to personally monitor the process of compensation so that the flood victims could be given the compensation as soon as possible.
Badal also asked the officials of the irrigation department to look at the feasibility of creating a post of the chief engineer (floods) for the region, so that people could be saved from floods with meticulous planning.
Interacting with media persons, he said the plan to completely overhaul the damaged infrastructure in the water-logged villages would be ready within a fortnight and after the concurrence of the villagers, the work for reconstruction would be started within a month.
The chief minister on Sunday visited Malout, Inna Khera, Tarkhan Wala, Lakhmeer-e-aana, Hunan Kalan, Udaang, Baam, Maha Baddar, Bhagsar, Ruhereanwali and other villages of Malout and Giddarbaha constituencies.