With breaches in Ghaggar plugged, life in Moonak returning to normal

Updated on Aug 12, 2015 03:20 PM IST
Deputy commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind held an inter-departmental meeting to review the flood situation in the Moonak sub-division here on Saturday.
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Hindustan Times | By, Sangrur

Deputy commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind held an inter-departmental meeting to review the flood situation in the Moonak sub-division here on Saturday.

With no rain within 48 hours, life in the affected villages is slowly returning to normal and the water has also started receding.

About 5,000 acres of agricultural land was submerged due to breeches in the Ghaggar embankment bordering Haryana.

After the meeting, Moonak sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Navreet Sekhon told HT the Ghaggar was flowing at 743.4 feet below the danger mark of 753.

She added that all breaches were intact and the water that had accumulated in the fields was receding.

While some of it was flowing into temporary channels, which are dug alongside the Ghaggar, some of the water is flowing back into the Ghaggar.

To a question if any decision had been taken in the meeting regarding special girdawari (survey for compensation) of the damaged paddy, she said once the fields were cleared, the revenue department would assess the damage and submit the report to the government for necessary action.

If weather remains the same and it does not rain here, the administration would further strengthen the breaches, which were made on war footing with the help of army, civilians and machines.

According to reports, such breeches and floods are common in this area and Punjab fails to deal effectively with flood situation every monsoon because of the objections and obstacles created by Haryana.

When asked about interstate problem in the Moonak area, Thind said, "We are in the process of finding a lasting solution and relief to the villagers of this belt."

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