Farmers in four villages of Gurgaon found themselves in a tough situation after 1,200-1,300 acres of their land, which is their main source of income, was flooded by water overflowing from Najafgarh drain over the weekend.
The water began seeping into the fields on Friday, but suddenly reached around two-three feet on Monday, putting the crops to waste. The four villages affected by the flooding are Daulatabad, Dhankot, Kherki, and Makdola.
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Daulatabad, where more than 500 acres of land is now under water, suffered the maximum damage. About 300 and 200 acres of land was been affected in Dhankot and Kherki, respectively, while the rest falls under Makdola. “We had sown wheat and mustard in these fields earlier this month, and now all of that has gone to waste,” said Srikrishan, a farmer.
“Not only are the crops gone, but the water is also smelly and dirty. We are worried about it affecting the health of the soil, as well as of residents of the area.”
Yogendra Singh, the sarpanch of Daulatabad, said more than 300 people have been directly affected in his village alone. “This happens here every year, and each time we run around visiting officials and asking for help, but nothing comes of it,” said Singh.
He added, “We will go to meet the Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday. We want compensation for the losses we have endured because of the authorities’ inability to check the flow of the drain.”
Despite repeated attempts, officials from the district administration could not be reached.