Floods here again, 2 Muktsar villages still await projects promised last year

  • Raghbir Singh Brar, Hindustan Times, Muktsar
  • Updated: Sep 07, 2014 22:01 IST

The heavy rain has led to flooding of different areas in the district again and officials are rushing to the affected areas to assess the situation and make plans to save them from the problem in future.

However, the two villages - Udaikaran and Haraj - which were badly hit during August last year also, are still waiting for the implementation of the promised project of laying pipelines to drain out flood water from villages in case of heavy rainfall so that the villages did not face the same destruction again which they had faced last year.

"Our village was badly affected by the floods last year because the rainwater from many other villages had entered it as it is situated in a low-lying area. It remains waterlogged as it has no link to the nearby drain which flows through Bura Gujjar village," said Gurlabh Singh, sarpanch of Udaikaran village.

"We were promised that a pipeline running from the pond of our village to the nearby drain in Bura Gujjar will be laid and the chief minister had himself assured us of the project at a sangat darshan programme in Thandewala village, but the project still remains unimplemented," he claimed.
"The officials of the department concerned visited the village on Friday as well, but funds are said to be a problem to implement the project," he said.

"All the ponds in the village are full of water now and more rain would result in overflowing of these t hat may worsen the situation in the village," he said.

He said that the flood-like situation in the village also leads to tension with residents of Bura Gujjar village as they often oppose the draining of water of Udaikaran vaillge through their fields.

Another village, Haraj, had also suffered for weeks from the flood-like situation last year because the village does not have any outlet as it is also situated in a low-lying area and the water from other villages also flows into it.

"The chief minister had promised to solve the problem of the village permanently at a sangat darshan programme following floods last year, but we have got nothing so far," said Gurpiar Singh, husband of the village sarpanch.

"There was a proposal to lay a 2-ft diameter pipeline from our village up to the nearby drain, about two km away, but no such pipeline has been laid so far. The officials from the department concerned have visited the village now also, but no one talks of the project proposed last year and any permanent solution to avoid a flood-like situation remains just a dream," said Gurpiar Singh.

In Udaikaran and Haraj villages, many people had to vacate their houses last year as water had entered many houses. Besides damage to houses, paddy and cotton crops over hundreds of acres were badly damaged.

When contacted, Jaskiran Singh, deputy commissioner, Muktsar said, "The pipelines could not be laid due to a stay order as some people had approached the high court against the proposal. These could be only laid when the stay is vacated," he said.

"But we have made arrangements to drain water out of the ponds of the two villages to provide them relief. So, there is no problem in these villages now," he added.

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