Sutlej breach leaves residents of 20 villages in Mattewara on the edge
Nearly 30,000 residents of 20 villages in and around Mattewara are living on the edge as the swollen Sutlej river breached its banks in Gari Fazil village, approximately 45km from here on Sunday after 2.23-lakh cusec water from Ropar headworks was released.
It was man’s determination versus nature’s fury on display as over 100 residents of the nearby villages with irrigation department staff tried their best to stop the rising water from eroding the banks. Many residents were even pressed their tractors to ferry the sand to plug the breach.
“Due to the topography of the place, the river would hit straight at the bank of Gari Fazil,” said irrigation department JE Parminder Singh while supervising the work.
“Hopefully the rains will stop in hilly area as it will help the water level to recede,” said the JE.
The rising water level which was followed by erosion, led to anxiety among residents of 10 villages, including Mattewara, Sakhowal, Machian Kalan, Gari Sheru, Gari Togar and Buta among others.
Meanwhile, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) AS Bains and SAD MLA from Sahnewal Sharanjit Singh Dhillon also visited the place to access the situation.
Many residents were also seen collecting fodder for their cattle as the river inundated their fields.
Sarpanch of Gari Fazil Gurnam Singh said , “The last time I had seen such situation was in 1989. The villagers are scared. If the rain doesn’t stop, our crops will be ruined. We have been told the water will keep increasing till midnight.”
“We are placing the tree branches in the areas where the erosion has occurred. It is an emergency situation and the most effective arrangement is to protect the banks now,” said SHO at Meharban police station Kulwant Singh.
“Our tubewell machines have submerged. Also, the other materials kept near the motor has been swept away. A farmer in Machian Kalan lost his livestock,” said Garri Togar village resident Gurdeep Singh.
Deputy commissioner (DC) Pardeep Agrawal said, “The villagers had been briefed about the vulnerable points where the rising water level could erode the banks.”
‘Illegal sand mining a threat’
The residents of vulnerable villages construct a gurdwara on the banks of the river at Gari Fazil to prevent any mishap.They said previously also, erosions had taken place at the same place leading to large-scale crop damage and loss of cattle and property in the nearby villages.
They also said that due to large-scale encroachment on the river bed, particularly due to the growing of poplar trees, the course of the river is also changing.
Gari Sheru resident Surinder said illegal sand mining in the area is a serious threat to the river banks.
“A visit at night and one can see tippers carrying sand from the river banks. The movement of tractors has eroded the river bank from many places,” he added.
A Bengaluru resident's journey to Mysore with Vikas Gowda's family ended in a nightmare after they were stranded on the highway in the middle of a trip. In a Twitter thread which has gone viral, Vikas Gowda has narrated his ordeal on what he described as a 'one of the worst, traumatising experiences'. In a series of tweets, Gowda recalled he booked an outstation Ola trip with his family to travel back to Mysuru.
The Uttarakhand government on Tuesday, issued an advisory for the Chardham yatra pilgrims to mandatorily register themselves before commencing their journey. The government has urged the devotees to start their journey only after checking the registration slots available on the portal of the Uttarakhand Tourism Department. The tourism department has also set a certain limit for the registration of pilgrims in the state.
Three people were killed and 25 people were severely injured when double-decker bus carrying 50 passengers overturned on Agra-Lucknow Expressway near Bangarmau area of Unnao on Tuesday morning, police said. The bus went out of control and flipped near Sidharpur village of Unnao district, SDM Bangarmau Ankit Shukla said. While one person died on the spot two others succumbed during treatment in hospital. Police were trying to establish the identity of two others.
Over 11 years after Khan's arrest on money-laundering charges, a special PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) court on Tuesday framed charges against Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan and set the stage for starting his trial, at a time when the 70-year-old is critically ill and hospitalised. Special PMLA judge M G Deshpande framed charges against Khan through videoconferencing, in the presence of his counsel, advocate Prashant Patil.
Joint teams of Civil Lines police and Special Operation Group arrested five members of inter-state Jackie Gang involved in sensational theft of cash and jewellery during an engagement function of the nephew of high court Judge at Hotel Kanha Shyam in Civil Lines area on May 12. Some members of the gang are still at large, police said. To note, Chandra Prakash Kesarwani of Ashok Nagar area is brother of a high court judge.