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3 weeks on, fields still inundated in Muktsar

3 weeks on, fields still inundated in Muktsar

Archit Watts
Tribune News Service
Muktsar, August 8

It has been nearly three weeks after rainwater inundated fields, government offices and residential areas in the district, the water is yet to be drained out. A huge chunk of agricultural land is still waterlogged at Udekaran and Bhullar villages.

A large number of houses at Udekaran village are still flooded and residents have migrated to safer places. Further, the Criminal Investigation Agency (CIA) office is also inundated and the dewatering work has also stopped.

The main road leading to Udekaran village is still not operational for traffic, which was cut to make a passage for rainwater. Cotton and paddy crops had been fully damaged.

Sukhjinder Singh, a resident of Udekaran village, said, “Nearly 600 acres is still waterlogged in and around our village. There is no proper drainage system in place. The rainwater is damaging crops almost every year. Water from other villages comes here due to its topography, but the administration has no arrangement to take it out. A new drain should be made here.”

Meanwhile, the district administration has informed the state government that crops on 24,975 acres have been damaged due to rain.

Avtar Singh, District Revenue Officer, Muktsar, said, “A special girdawari to assess damages has started in the district. Besides, the dewatering work at Udekaran and Bhullar villages is also underway and two executive engineers of the drainage wing of the Irrigation Department are supervising it. The state government has released funds for this purpose, which has been transferred to the department concerned.”

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