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Friday, Oct 18, 2019

Amritsar: Wheat on 40 acres gutted due to spark in transformer

punjab Updated: Apr 28, 2017 11:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
The wheat field that was engulfed in fire at Jhanjoti village in Amritsar district on Thursday.
The wheat field that was engulfed in fire at Jhanjoti village in Amritsar district on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Merely five days after wheat on 300 acres was gutted in different villages of Rajasansi block, another fire caused by electric spark spread over 218 kms destroyed wheat crop on 40 acres of land in two different villages of Amritsar district.

The loss occurred at Jhanjoti village, which falls under the Harsha Chhina block, on intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. Around 11 pm, an electric spark from transformer of a tubewell of farmer Kabal Singh set the wheat straw on fire in the adjoining field. Unfortunately, thunderstorm also rolled out and the fire started spreading, said the villagers.

The fire also covered 35 acres on which, wheat was not harvested yet. Farmers rushed to the affected area with tractors, trolleys full of water as soon as they came to know of the tragic incident. It took hours to bring the fire under control but till then, much loss had taken place.

Pargat Singh, Manjit Singh, Kulwant Singh, Bhupinder Singh and Gujjar Singh were the farmers whose produce was engulfed in fire. They said the produce was of very good quality and good yield was being expected. Farmer Kulwant Singh was dejected as he had sown the crop with modern machines such as happy seeder and spent a lot of money, said agriculture development officer (ADO) Gurdeep Singh.

After being informed, chief agriculture officer Dalbir Singh Chhina, agriculture officer Satbir Singh and officials of revenue department visited the spot on Thursday and assured to get the affected farmers adequate compensation.

Meanwhile, second such incident took place on Thursday afternoon at Dheere Kot village near Jandiala Guru where fire spread over 10 acres of land. Five acres of standing wheat crop was destroyed in fire.

First Published: Apr 28, 2017 11:06 IST

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