Abohar residents gherao DC seeking early de-watering of flooded areas
Infuriated over non-release of rainwater from the area for the last three days, residents of Abohar initially 'gheroed' the deputy commissioner of Fazilka and later jammed the traffic, on Saturday, to demand early relief.
Due to continuous rain for the past three days, majority of low-lying areas in Abohar are submerged in water.
Due to the chocked sewerage system, water was not receding in the areas of Durga Nagri and Rajiv Nagar on the Khandwala road following which its inhabitants were at the receiving end.
Fazilka deputy commissioner Manjit Singh Brar along with other officials reached there to take stock of the situation. But the residents gheroed the DC and later reached the local Sriganganagar road to raise their voice of protest.
After one-and-a- half hour of agitation, Abohar SDM Rajpal Singh succeeded to convince the protesters to lift the dharna, that had led to a traffic jam.
Brar also took stock of other measures adopted to deal with the situation and added that so far six people, including two women and two kids, had died due to rain fury. He announced a compensation of Rs 1.50 lakh each to the deceased and adequate tents, tarpaulin, medicines and fodder to the affected families.
State irrigation minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, along with local MP Sher Singh Ghubaya also visited various parts of the district to speed up the measures to help out the public.
To assess the loss to crops due to rain, orders for a special girdawari were issued. A report on collapsed houses has also been sought, added Dhillon.