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Weather forces Punjab to shift agriculture summit's events

Inclement weather and heavy downpour in the region during the past few days forced the Punjab government take a last-minute decision on Saturday to shift the venue of the first day's event of the four-day Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit from Chappar Chiri village to vegetable market, Phase 11. Former farm varsity V-Cs, economist turn down 'delayed' invite for summit

chandigarh Updated: Feb 16, 2014 16:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Inclement weather and heavy downpour in the region during the past few days forced the Punjab government take a last-minute decision on Saturday to shift the venue of the first day's event of the four-day Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit from Chappar Chiri village to an air-conditioned vegetable market, Phase 11, which was inaugurated earlier this month. The summit is beginning on Sunday.


For the first-day of the summit, the government had planned a Kisan Sammelan, where a large number of farmers from all over the state are expected to take part and top leaders, including chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, would deliver addressed.

The Kisan Sammelan was scheduled to take place at a specially-prepared venue spread over 35 acres, which got waterlogged due to continuous rain during the past few days. As per an estimate by the government, nearly 25,000 farmers were expected to take part in the opening day of the agriculture summit.

Officials of agriculture and horticulture departments said lot of efforts made for preparing the venue for the event were wasted. "The financial loss cannot be assessed right now, but certainly rain has resulted in chaos and uncertainty about the event. However, we managed to shift it to an appropriate venue on time," an official of the agriculture department said, adding that there was slush and waterlogging at the venue, which rendered it inaccessible.

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal along with a battery of senior officers visited Chappar Chiri to review the situation. Later, Badal visited the newly-constructed vegetable and fruit market to monitor the alternate venue. Badal was accompanied by chief secretary Rakesh Singh, financial commissioner (development) Suresh Kumar besides other officials.

Secretary (agriculture) Kahan Singh Pannu clarified that all other events related to the summit, including inauguration of agro-tech exhibition by the CM on February 16 and technical sessions on the following days, would be held as per already stipulated schedule at Banda Singh Bahadur memorial, Chappar Chiri.

First Published: Feb 15, 2014 18:29 IST