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Village water-logged for 20 days; Akali sarpanch alleges factionalism

punjab Updated: Aug 17, 2013 23:34 IST
Kamaldeep Singh Brar
Kamaldeep Singh Brar
Hindustan Times

Even as the problem of water-logging and submergence of low-lying Udekaran village remains unsolved, politicians remain busy in working for their own petty gains, the sarpanch has alleged, even as the Muktsar Congress MLA has expressed satisfaction over the official pace of working.

However, Akali-Dal backed sarpanch, Gulab Singh, 26, has chosen to criticise the officials.

Interestingly, Brar had met Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and raised the issue during a sangat darshan on August 8 and had been assured of timely action.

Brar told HT on Saturday, "I am satisfied with the working of the administration. Officials did swing into action, and installed pumps to drain out water. However, it rained again heavily and all the steps were nullified."

However, the sarpanch Singh said: "The administration is taking only half-hearted measures as its working has been hit by politics."

"I am an Akali sarpanch. However, some leaders from my party press officials to not do their duty, so that I get a bad name with the public," he alleged.

Singh has also expressed his reservation on the quality of pumps deployed, which were put to work four days before the CM's sangat darshan.

"Pumps are not of much help. We need creation of drains."

There was tension in the village on Saturday, after a group of people raised a mud wall to stop the entry of water into the village. However, another group opposed the move and the police had to be called in to restore order.

Routine life in the village has been badly hit due to the water-logging and the residents are desparate for a solution.