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Jalandhar, Kapurthala losses pegged at Rs 526 cr

Jalandhar, Kapurthala losses pegged at Rs 526 cr

Aparna Banerji
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, September 13

Of the cumulative Rs 1,219.23 crore sought by the state as compensation for the recent floods, the collective losses of Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts were pegged at Rs 526 crore.

With a total of 75,000 acres submerged in floodwaters in both districts, Jalandhar pegged its losses at Rs 270 crore while Kapurthala reported losses to the tune of Rs 256 crore to the Central team which visited flood-hit areas here today.

The team, headed by Joint Secretary (CIS), Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Anuj Sharma, visited Mehrajwala, Chak Bundala, Mandala Channa, Mundi Cholian, Gatta Mundi Kaasu and Nall villages in Jalandhar and Mand Inderpur, Tibbi, Takhiya, Saroopwal, Bharoana villages in Kapurthala.

In Jalandhar, the Divisional Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner sought compensation of Rs 224 crore for agricultural losses, Rs 78.25 lakh for loss of animals and provision of fodder, Rs 15 crore for damage to more than 3,000 houses in 29 villages, Rs 20 crore for plugging breaches and for further strengthening embankments, Rs 7 crore for repair of the 83-km Link road, Rs 1.50 crore for repair of 15 down feeders, 200 transformers and a 66-Kv sub-station at Mehrajwala besides Rs 1 crore for the repair of water works in flood-affected villages.

Additionally, the DC sought Rs 4 lakh for gratuitous loss due to the floods, Rs 30 lakh for search, rescue and temporary shelters in flood-affected villages, Rs 80 lakh for temporary accommodation, food and water and Rs 15 lakh for clearing attached areas.

In Kapurthala, crop losses have been pegged at Rs 160 crore which includes Rs 60 crore for bandh repairs and Rs 85 lakh for damaged roads and houses, including 1,618 cattle deaths.

Rs40K/acre girdawari sought

In both districts, farmers sought Rs 40,000 compensation for per-acre crop loss rather than the Rs 12,000 per acre as per current government norms. They also sought help for future crop losses due to blackened water supply.

Expecting adequate relief: DC

Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner (DC) DPS Kharbanda said, “The situation this year is unprecedented. Due to the polluted water, three crops of farmers have been lost. It is for the first time that waters of the Sutlej have breached Kapurthala. We are usually apprehensive only about Beas. As per MSP and yield estimates, farmers had losses of Rs 50,850 per acre.”

Jalandhar DC Varinder Kumar Sharma said, “The team has minutely reviewed arrangements across villages, schools and bandhs. We are expecting the Centre to grant adequate compensation to the farmers.”

Telling numbers

  • Total loss  Rs 526 crore 
  • Total land submerged 75,000 acres 
  • Total crop loss  Rs 384 crore 
  • Breach/bandh repair   Rs 80 crore 
  • Animal, fodder loss  Rs 78.25 lakh
  • Damage to houses in Jalandhar  Rs 15 crore 
  • Link road repair (Jalandhar)  Rs 7 crore 

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