Farmers raise issue of overflowing drain - ECAS Punjab

Farmers raise issue of overflowing drain

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Abohar, September 2

Farmers from Bahawalbasi, Kerakhera, Kailash Nagar and Dhani Sucha Singh villages today disrupted traffic for over six hours to highlight the problems being faced by them due to the overflowing Abulkhurana drain.

The overflowing drain and incessant rains have ravaged the standing cotton and other crops in 40 villages in the Balluana Assembly constituency of Abohar subdivision.

Sukhchain Singh, a farmer, said the district administration had last month directed the drainage administration to clean all drains. However, the officials concerned did not pay heed to the issue.

Paramjeet Singh, another farmer, said crops worth Rs 500 crore were damaged due to a similar situation in September 2015, and subsequently, then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was forced to visit some of the affected areas and announce compensation. The former CM was told by the officials that the proposal to widen the drain had been gathering dust in the state headquarters for the past 12 years.

The sit-in was lifted at 4.30 pm after SDM Jaspal Singh Brar said Punjab State Power Corporation Limited had been told to install three more transformers to facilitate pumps to drain out the water from affected fields.

from The Tribune

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