Though the district administration has been making tall claims of having taken steps to save the crops and lives of the people living near the Dhusi bundh in the district, yet paddy and other crops on more than 1,500 acres in Sanghera, Daulewala and some other villages under Dharamkot subdivision were flooded and washed away due to the overflowing Sutlej river near Sanghera on Tuesday.
Senior officials and ministers inspect the banks of the river every year and issue high-profile statements to the press of making adequate arrangements to save the local residents from the Sutlej water but, in reality, the people suffer every monsoon season.
Sarpanch Sarup Singh of Sanghera said that more than 1,500 acres of crops, including newly transplanted paddy, cotton, maize and moong, were inundated and got destroyed. "Maximum damage has been done to paddy and fodder crops. Our all hard work has gone in vain. Now, we will not be able to transplant paddy again, which has been washed off," the sarpanch said.
Amarjit Singh Daulewala, president of Ranghreta Dal, Punjab, said that Sanghera village has been disconnected from other areas due to heavy waterlogging outside the village. "Several houses and tubewells are submerged and crops completely destroyed," he added.
Devinder Singh Ghali, district president of the Kirti Kisan Union, said that a special girdawri should be conducted immediately and sufficient compensation should be provided to the victims.
Meanwhile, Jagir Singh Johal, block development and panchayat officer, and several other officials visited the area and submitted a detailed report to the Moga deputy commissioner. "I assured the local residents that sufficient compensation will be provided to the victims at any cost," said Johal.