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Closure of Gang canal to hit farmers hard, says samiti

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Abohar, October 4

The Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (KSS) has flayed the state Irrigation Department for insisting upon the closure of Gang (Bikaner) canal for the next 10 days on account of cleaning work.

KSS spokesman Subhash Sehgal said Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had been requested to instruct the officials concerned to honour the decision, taken on September 18 at a meeting between the Water Resources Department and six farm organisations to defer the cleaning work to April 2021, as by then farmers would be through with the harvesting of wheat.

The Gang canal is one of the oldest irrigation systems in Rajasthan. It was built in 1928 to supply water to the northwestern part of Sriganganagar, and discharges 2,500 cusecs of water.

The World Bank had provided Rs 466 crore for carrying out the renovation work in the first phase in Ferozepur and Fazilka districts.

At a time when sowing of mustard in more than 30,000 acres was going on, the supply of water had been reduced to 1,600 cusecs, Sehgal said.

The samiti said the Gang canal had not been cleaned after 2013, but it was not in the interest of farmers to sever the supply of water this month. It would be appropriate to suspend the supply of water from the last week of March to mid-April next year when fields would be empty, he said.

Sehgal said if the cleaning work was not deferred till April 2021, CM Capt Amarinder should direct the department to carry out the work without suspending the supply of water, the samiti spokeperson added.

from The Tribune

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