Canal breach floods agriculture land in Abohar - ECAS Punjab

Canal breach floods agriculture land in Abohar

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Our Correspondent

Abohar, November 20

A breach in the Malukpura minor (sub-canal) on the Abohar-Hanumangarh bypass today flooded about 50-acres of agri land, besides the BSF sector headquarters and a school.

The Department of Water Resources had released water in the canal after two weeks of closure during which some sub-canals were to be cleaned. The closure had affected drinking water supply also.

Farmers said a small-size breach later got widened to about 150 ft. As the canal was running to its capacity, water had submerged recently sown wheat crop spread over 50 acres in nearby "dhanis", besides affecting the buildings of Brahmrishi Mission School and the BSF complex.

Sub-Divisional Officer Vinod Kumar and Junior Engineer Akshit Soni inspected the site and said officials at the headworks were requested to suspend water supply but levels in the canal would come down late tonight to facilitate plugging of the breach. They endorsed farmers' view that sidewalls of the canal were getting weaker, but blamed the growth of hundreds of old trees for this as their roots were piercing into the walls and might affect the floor bed later.

from The Tribune

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