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Post floods, land demarcation new worry


Post floods, land demarcation new worry

kanksha N Bhardwaj

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 30

Farmers in flood-affected areas are worried about the cumbersome process of demarcation that they will have to go through now. They said they would get to know about the actual scale of the problem once the water level recedes.

Rajinder Singh from Gatta Mundi Kasu said, “The process of demarcation of the lands will be time-consuming and tough. During deluge, in many cases, the demarcation gets washed away which poses a problem.”

“It won’t be easy. Many times, arguments and disagreements happen between farmers during the time of demarcation,” he said.

Another farmer from the same village said although people were aware of their lands and the area, problems appear at the departmental level during a flood-like situation.

Subdivisional Magistrate Charumita Shekhar said to ease the process, additional patwaris from unaffected areas would be deputed at each circle. “If there is a confusion among farmers in identifying their lands, we will use electronic telescopes,” she added.

Meanwhile, more than 1,500 tubewells in 24 villages have got affected as per the assessment by the PSPCL. The officials said the exact number will come out when the water recedes.

Officials said there might be chances that farmers would have to dig bores again. “Due to the vast amount of sludge which has covered everything, including tubewells, pumps, motors, starters, etc, almost 70-80 per cent of tubewells will become redundant and new bores will have to be dug which will cost high,” a farmer said.

“This time, mandis will be empty,” said Sarabjit Singh of Sardarwala village. “Had everything been alright, basmati would have started coming in the mandis and after that paddy, but this time, thousands of farmers in over 50 affected villages will not be able to sell anything,” he added.

The farmers said they would have earned Rs 50,000-60,000 per acre for their crop but due to the deluge, they had suffered huge losses. “We wait for this time for the whole year but this time, we have been unlucky,” said Harneet Singh from Sardarwala village.

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