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Polluted Ghaggar a non-issue in Mansa election campaigning

Environment was the least touched issue during election campaigns in Mansa constituencies.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Sardulgarh | Published: February 4, 2012 3:48:00 am

Environment was the least touched issue during election campaigns in Mansa constituencies. Residents continue to use polluted water from the Ghaggar river,which passes through Sardulgarh and Budhlada. The district also has a high concentration of cancer-related deaths,which may be linked to polluted water. Over the last 12 years,over 2,500 people have died of the disease in Bathinda,Muktsar,Faridkot and Mansa. In spite of this,the issue did not feature among candidates’ poll planks.

Haryana’s factories discharge effluents in the Ghaggar near Ratia while those of Punjab add to it near Sardulgarh among various other places. Residents continue to drink polluted water in the absence of waste treatment by factories.

Congress candidate from Sardulgarh and sitting MLA Ajit Inder Moffar said,“I had raised this issue in the Assembly,but the effluent discharge has not been stopped till now. Residents of my area continue to get polluted water and are thus falling prey to skin disorders,cancer and many other ailments.”

Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda in a rally at Sardulgarh had stated he will surely solve the river pollution problem in Haryana.

Harbhajan Singh,a resident of village Jhunir in Sardulgarh said,“Such poll promises are always made,but lets see if some action is taken after the polls.”

However,The Indian Express saw the direct discharge of effluents into the river in Ratia,Haryana and it was revealed that the soap factories with no effluent treatment plants are polluting the Ghaggar.

Sardulgarh residents are wary of politicians’ promises as similar pledges never bore fruit in previous terms.

In Mansa,no candidate raised the environment issue in their political speeches while in Budhlada the campaigning focussed on hitting rivals hard rather than touching upon actual issues.

Manjeet Kaur,resident of Bareta mandi in Budhlada said,“Who cares about basic problems of voters? The politicians were more focussed on winning elections.”

According to Ajit Inder Singh Moffar,PPCB has turned a blind eye,but once the Congress government comes to power,the discharge will be stopped.

Voting over,power supply dips in Punjab

Chandigarh: Polling for Punjab assembly over,power cuts return to trouble the people of the state. Several districts have been witnessing 3 to 4 hours of load shedding for the last two days,shortly after the one-day polling on January 30.

Though the state power utility attributed power cuts in industries to increase in demand by the agriculture sector and the ongoing maintenance of electricity generating plants,it said there was no load shedding in the domestic sector.

In order to bridge the demand-supply gap,Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) announced a one to two-day power cut per week for industries across the state.

“Today onwards,we have imposed power cut for two days per week on heavy electricity consumer,” PSPCL,Director (Distribution),Arun Verma said.

The power utility pointed out that the 210 MW unit of Ropar power plant has been shut down for maintenance resulting in fall of generation.

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