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Swelling Ravi breaks gate at Madhopur headworks

punjab Updated: Aug 20, 2012 23:14 IST

The persistent downpour and the rising water level in Ravi river broke the sluice gate number 4 of Madhopur headworks, which might cause loss of about 32,000 cusec water going toward Pakistan.

The gate was damaged in February this year too and after a temporary repair the work was abandoned due to the lack of funds.

The gate gave in once again following heavy pressure of water on Monday. Senior officials of the department rushed to the spot to assess the damage.

The sub-divisional officer at Madhopur, VR Sharma, said the department was in the process of installing a new gate. "We are still waiting for the funds. The recent heavy rains increased the water flow in Ravi, which has damaged the gate again," he said.

Local Congress leader Randhir Singh Bitta said the gate should have been repaired before the monsoon. He said the department's inaction had led to the wastage of precious water meant for farmers in Punjab.

Meanwhile, a car was swept away in the flash flood in Khaddi rivulet when its driver tried to cross through the fast current of water flowing over the causeway.

The car was dragged half-a-kilometer by the strong water current even while the driver managed to get out of it. The car eventually got stuck near the civil hospital bridge, and was brought out with the help of cranes.

The heavy rain inundated the lower parts of the town causing trouble to the commuters. The Chakki river was also raging causing floods in the slum areas. No loss of life was reported from the area.

The rain has so far damaged several acres of land in several villages including Bamial, Shingarwan and Farwal with standing paddy crops. The Gujjar community, which mostly resides near rivers, has been the worst hit.