Local MLA and chief parliamentary secretary Gurbachan Singh Babbehali has said that Rs 56 crore would be spent on flood control measures and cleaning of the drains in the district. He was addressing a rally at the Hardan village after inaugurating the desilting of a 15-km drain Hardan-Kila Nathu Singh and 20 km Nabipur cut-drain at a cost of Rs 22 lakh and Rs20 lakh, respectively, on Wednesday.
Hardan-Kila Nathu Singh drain has not been desilted for 50 years, and this leads to heavy crop damage during the monsoons. Babbehali said that the state government had sanctioned Rs 110 crore for widening and deepening of the Hardan drain, that originated at Swailpur Kohlian village in Dinanagar and ended at Lodhipur Gujjran village in Amritsar district. He added Rs22 lakh had been received with which bridges had been laid across the drain at several places and the rest of the funds would also be released soon.
He said that with the widening and deepening of the Hardan drain, water of many other smaller seasonal drains would flow into it, preventing floods in the area. He claimed that all the drains of the state would be cleaned and desilted by June30. Babbehali told that the Punjab government had earmarked Rs 282 crore for cleaning seasonal drains and canals in the state. He added that the government had sanctioned Rs 105 crore for desilting of all 20 drains of 105 km in the district.