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Flash flood poses threat to educational institutes, hotels

Following a flash flood near a private medical college here on Saturday, the educational institutes and hotels situated in the hilly area near here face a serious threat.

punjab Updated: Aug 27, 2012 23:47 IST
Vinay Dhingra

Following a flash flood near a private medical college here on Saturday, the educational institutes and hotels situated in the hilly area near here face a serious threat.

In the past few years, the area has seen a tremendous rise in the number of educational institutes on the Pathankot-Dalhousie road, Shahpur Kandi road and near the Chakki rivulet, which swells in the monsoon and poses a threat of flash floods.

The area has also witnessed axing of trees to make way for buildings and roads leading to these establishments, but has failed to invite action by the departments concerned.

The semi-hilly area in Dhar block has become the favourite of those intending to start educational institutes and hotels owing to cheap land as small farmers are not making much from their land.

The administration has allegedly turned a blind eye to the problem, which has resulted in a major portion of the land going to the influential people.

Even the land near the rivulets owned by panchayats and local farmers has attracted realtors, who do not hesitate to sell it to those wanting to construct buildings there, unmindful of the threat of the flash flood. There was one such recent flash flood near Chintpurni Medical College and Hospital, which is surrounded by a school and a few hotels.

It has worried many locals who had bought land at a colony near the college. They are now ruing the decision.

Executive engineer Sohan Singh Sidhu said in case their department found a construction going on near the rivulet, they issued notices, followed by an FIR at the police station concerned.