Standing wheat crop on 40 acres gutted in fire near Patiala

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Apr 16, 2016 15:38 IST
A farmer showing the wheat crop that was damaged in the fire that destroyed 40 acres of agricultural land in Mehmadpur village near Patiala on Monday. (Bharat Bhushan/HT)

The standing wheat crop on nearly 40 acre of agricultural land was gutted after a short circuit in a nearby electricity transformer led to fire in the fields in Mehmadpar village near Bahadurgarh, 10 km from city, on Monday afternoon. As many as five farmers lost their 100% crop in an unexpected fire, which incurred them financial losses of nearly Rs 20 lakh.

As told by the locals, the standing crop in the Mehmadhpar village suddenly caught fire after a spark that ensued from the nearby transformer. All the villagers tried to douse the fire from spreading it further. By the time a fire tender reached the spot, crop over 40 acres was destroyed.

An affected farmer Harjit Singh, who lost crop over 5 acres of land, said he was waiting for the Baisakhi to harvest it. “I have no words to explain my sufferings, as I saw my produce turning into ashes today,” he said.

Demanding adequate compensation, he said that he would approach the local administration as well as his area MLA and ask for compensation.

Other farmers who lost of their crop had reportedly taken the land on lease. Meanwhile, the revenue department team assessed the loss and sent the repot to senior officials with recommendation of compensation as per the government norms.

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