Thousands of devotees returned disappointed today because they could not take a dip in the Kali Bein,also called holy Bein (rivulet),on the occasion of Baisakhi in the holy city Sultanpur Lodhi. The 50 cusecs of water that was released into the Bein from the Mukerian Hydel Channel at Terkiana could not reach Sultanpur Lodhi. The 64-km-long Bein starts from Terkiana and flows upto Bhawanipur ahead of Sultanpur Lodhi.
People criticised the government for not releasing sufficient water into the Bein even on Baisakhi despite a promise made by Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal on March 26.
After its cleaning a decade back we have not seen the Bein dry and have been taking a dip into its water since then but now due to indifferent attitude of the government we are deprived of this pious act this year, said Jatinder Singh of Sultanpur Lodhi.
The water level was very low in the Bein and people could dip their hands in it.
Every year we used to serve langer (community food) for devotees,who come to take a dip in the Bein here and this year also we came here for the same purpose but devotees could not take a dip in the Bein due to lack of water, said Kultar Singh of Kapurthala.
Even many NRIs used to come here every year on Baisakhi festival. UK-based NRI Kewal Singh said that it is sad that this time they could not get water in the Bein due to the governments apathy.
It may be noted that this bein has great religious importance as it is said that the first guru of Sikhs,Guru Nanak Dev,got enlightenment in this Bein while he was bathing in its waters.
Earlier also,due to the governments neglect this Bein had turned into a drain of slush but then environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh seechewal with the help of his followers cleaned the 64 km Bein and revivied it by getting fresh water released into it from Mukerian Hydel.
It may be noted that 50 cusecs of water is being released into the Bein since April 5 against the required 150 to 200 cusecs water,which was being released into the Bein earlier. After political pressure from BJP MLA Amarjit Singh Sahi,the release of water was stopped into the Bein on the pretext that it was causing waterlogging in the fields. The released 50 cusecs water is insufficient to sustain a flow in the 64-km Bein.