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Village waterlogged for four days

Udekaran village, a low-lying locality near Muktsar, became a victim of official apathy recently. For over four days, the administration did not even sanction the presence of a water-lifting pump to drain out water. The village remained submerged after rains on Thursday and inaction of officials led to damage to more than 2,000 acres of crop.

punjab Updated: Aug 04, 2013 23:54 IST
Kamaldeep Singh Brar

Udekaran village, a low-lying locality near Muktsar, became a victim of official apathy recently. For over four days, the administration did not even sanction the presence of a water-lifting pump to drain out water. The village remained submerged after rains on Thursday and inaction of officials led to damage to more than 2,000 acres of crop.

The water was finally flushed out on Sunday, after Muktsar deputy commissioner Paramjit Singh toured the area along with Ferozepur MLA Sher Singh Gubhaya on Sunday. The DC's vehicle was also stuck in the water.

The official reason cited for the negligence was that the administrative machinery was busy in making arrangements for the visit of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal' sangat darshan programmes from August 6 in Gidderbaha.

This rising of water level is not a one-off incident. Residents have been complaining of water logging in their area since long, but a permanent solution has eluded them. During this spell of trouble, the office of the CIA staff police, road leading to Gurudwara along houses in the residential areas were completely cut off.

"The problem occurs every year and no solution is ever found. This has been the same routine for over 30 years. This time, water had entered our homes 10 days ago. We also staged a protest to no avail. Schools and offices had to be closed due to the menace," said sarpanch Gurlabh Singh.

"There is permanent solution to the problem, if people cooperate with us. A water channel can be carved out in the village to drain out water accumulated during rains. However, people start quarrelling among themselves on the issue of offering land for the channel. For this time, I have directed the drainage department to put water-lifting pump into operation," said the DC.