A 120-year-old gharat (water mill) situated on the Abohar branch near Samalsar in Moga district on Thursday fell into the very canal that had served it for decades. A sudden surge of water released in the canal led to a 50-feet wide gap in its wall,resulting in the mill caving in.
According to sources,this part of the canal near the Mal Ke Road is under the canal department of the Faridkot district. The contract of the water mill,which was being used to make wheat flour,is owned by Bhagapurana resident Kulwant Singh. Kulwant,who was given the contract on April 1,pays Rs 1,195 per day to the department for the mill.
The entire water mill just collapsed within three minutes. A huge surge of water crashed with the mill and everything caved in. We had just started operating this mill,which was lying closed for over a month,as there was no water in the canal. I have been told that a private power station gas come up nearby,which uses water from this canal. They released such a huge amount of water without sparing a thought that this mill could be destroyed, said Kulwant.
There was some 15 quintals of ready flour inside the mill when it cave in, said Kulwant who has approached the department for compensation. In turn,the department has filed a case with the Baghapurana police. When contacted,Junior Engineer Mandeep Sharma said that the owners of the power station will pay compensation for the incident.