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Rain a boon for farmers; spells trouble in urban areas

Heavy rain in various areas in the district for the second consecutive day on Saturday left sewers choked at several places in Moga, Bagahpurana, Nihal Singh Wala, Badhni Kalan, Smalsar, Kot-Ise-Khan, Ajitwal and Dharamkot areas. Traffic jams were reported from almost all main roads in all towns of the district.

punjab Updated: Jun 15, 2013 21:24 IST
HT Correspondent

Heavy rain in various areas in the district for the second consecutive day on Saturday left sewers choked at several places in Moga, Bagahpurana, Nihal Singh Wala, Badhni Kalan, Smalsar, Kot-Ise-Khan, Ajitwal and Dharamkot areas. Traffic jams were reported from almost all main roads in all towns of the district.

There were reports of water entering houses in the old localities of the city and surrounding towns. Schoolchildren also faced hardships in reaching home. Most shops remained closed throughout the day and there was no power supply in the town till late afternoon.

Moga town saw incessant rain from 5 am till late in the afternoon. This led to choked sewers. All main roads in the town were inundated. Certain localities like Dashmesh Nagar, New Town, Teachers Colony, Sodhi Nagar, Akalsar road, Ward number 6, Jujhar Nagar and Gobindgarh Basti were 4-5 feet under water. There were reports of water entering houses in the several other old localities.

Farmers, however, expressed happiness over heavy rain. Agriculture development officer Jaswinder Singh Brar said the rain is useful for paddy, sugarcane and cotton crop. "It will also help kill the leaf-fold insect on paddy crop. Now there is no need to spray insecticide or pesticide on cotton and sugarcane," he said.

A state award winner farmer, Amar Singh Manuke, said vegetable growers are waiting for more rain. "I am growing organic vegetables for last 15 years. I am happy that the rain came on time. Various vegetables are getting damaged due to heat wave, which prevailed during the past few days. If more rain occurs in the next few days, it will be beneficial for vegetable growers," he added.