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Farmers block road in Muktsar over scarcity of irrigation water

Farmers claimed that the lack of rainfall may reduce the yield of the paddy crops which requires more water.

punjab Updated: Jul 27, 2018 22:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Muktsar
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Hundreds of farmers of Rupana village in Muktsar on Friday protested over the scarcity of canal-based irrigation water and blocked the Muktsar-Malout road.

The protesters raised slogans against the state government and irrigation officials.

Muktsar tehsildar Charnjeet Singh and SHO Ashok Kumar reached the spot and tried to pacify the farmers but they refused to lift the blockade, leading to a traffic jam.

Farmers claimed that the lack of rainfall may reduce the yield of the paddy crops which requires more water.

Jagpreet Singh, a farmer said, “There is acute shortage of canal-based water. We have requested the officials several times but they are not paying heed to our problems. We are left with no option other than to irrigate the crops by using diesel engines, which increases our expenses.”

When contacted, XEN, water supply, Mukhtiar Singh said, “Water level in the canals is much less as compared to the demand of farmers. We are trying to tackle the problem by providing water in rotations.”

Speaking to HT over phone, P Singla, director, water regulation, Bhakhra Beas Management Board (BBMB) said, “The current year has witnessed a decline in melting of snow. As a result, the water level in both the Bhakra and Pong dams is less as compared to the previous years.”

First Published: Jul 27, 2018 22:48 IST