With no real plan, admn's flood relief dividing villagers
With residents being forced to leave their houses due to floods, days after rain stopped, the Muktsar administration is being accused of acting under political influence in the administration of rescue and relief measures.punjab Updated: Sep 01, 2013 23:37 IST
With residents being forced to leave their houses due to floods, days after rain stopped, the Muktsar administration is being accused of acting under political influence in the administration of rescue and relief measures.
"Drains have not been cleaned for the last eight years and thus the water has not drained out. Even otherwise, the drains have been constructed in a zigzag manner to avoid acquisition of land of farmers close to the ruling party bigwigs. Administration is allowing water flow from the Akali party dominated villages to 'Congress' villages to save the fields of influential Akali leader," alleged Muktsar Congress MLA Karan Kaur Brar.
"This has led to bitterness among villagers. The administration is adopting such tactics to please chief minister Parkash Singh Badal."
Badal himself was embarrassed after two groups of villagers first confronted and then clashed over proposal of a drain during his visit to the Chibbrabn Wali village last week.
"I had met the Punjab CM at the Sangat Darshan. Yet nothing has moved. Three feet water is stagnant in Udaikaran, Burra Gujjar, Thandewala, Kotli Sanghar and Haraj as well as my Sariananga village, in spite of assurances by the CM . Burra Gujjan and Langeana drains have been overflowing. I will raise the issue of cleaning, widening and construction of drains in the next Vidhan Sabha session," said Brar.
The residents have been suffering serious health problems, but no adequate relief and rehabilitations measures were taken, she alleged.
Gidderbaha Congress MLA Amarinder Singh Raja Warring alleged: "The department of chief engineer drainage is a den of corruption. Mere installation of few outdated pumps to drain out water is not enough."
"Of the Rs 100 crore sanctioned by the Central government for flood preparedness, Rs 70 crore were spent on Lambi. If this money had been used with planning instead of only for pleasing the CM, then Muktsar could have benefited," he alleged.
Meanwhile, Badal's special principal secretary, KJS Cheema, chief engineer drainage Vinod Chaudhary along with Muktsar deputy commissioner Paramjit Singh supervised the relief and rescue operations in affected villages.
Bajwa to visit region
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa is scheduled to visit flood-hit villages of Gidderbaha, Muktsar, Malout and Lambi on Monday (September 2), besides villages of Faridkot district.
Faulty Drains and biased approach of administration
Badal's constituency, Lambi, has remained largely free from floods this year. After the floods of 2011, a l new Kuttianwali Drain was constructed in Lambi at a cost of Rs 4 crore. Abul Khurana drain was also widened from from 28 feet to 51 feet. Pucca bridges were also constructed over the drains in Lambi. Most drains in the districts were dig out during 1997-2002, the last term, of SAD-BJP government. If one has to see the example of faulty drains then one must visit part of a drain passing through the waterlogged Pakki Tibbi village. This drain passes through the lower region and the actual path of the drain has been diverted. The Central Water board had demanded the contour maps of the drain constructed in the Muktsar district, but the government failed to produce any maps.
Students Suffering Government College Muktsar has being used as temporary water collection site only to discharge the water into the adjoining water channel. Three pumps are installed to dump water in the college campus and only two are functioning to drain out water out from the campus. The college has been closed for last 20 days.
First Published: Sep 01, 2013 23:35 IST