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One month on, Muktsar fields remain waterlogged

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Tribune News Service

Muktsar, August 12

Nearly a month after the rain left fields and some places in Muktsar waterlogged, the rainwater has not been drained out yet.

Many fields in Udekaran village, located next to Muktsar, are still waterlogged. The district administration has installed some water lifting pumps to drain out the rainwater, but this exercise is taking time.

The farmers said if the pumps had been installed some time ago, their crops would have been saved. “The water lifting pumps were installed about five days ago. Now, our crops have decayed. The water-level is receding at a slow pace. There should be some permanent solution for the problem of waterlogging, otherwise we will have to bear losses almost every monsoon season,” said Jagmeet Singh, a farmer.

Some people have migrated from the village because their houses are inundated. Jagpreet Singh of Haraj village said, “The administration has not come up with a permanent solution to resolve the problem of waterlogging in villages of the region. Some senior officers should visit the area and prepare a detailed project report.”

Avtar Singh, District Revenue Officer, Muktsar, said, “The state government has given the orders for a special ‘girdawari’ within 15 days. The rainwater is being drained out from Udekaran village.”

The rainfall on July 21 was recorded at 150 mm.

from The Tribune

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