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SYL row: Farmers cheer as fields are returned

The happiness of Jeet Singh Jeeti, a farmer from Farehpur Garhi village in Patiala, knew no bounds when his four acres, once acquired for SYL, were returned to him in the shape of agricultural fields.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh |
March 18, 2016 4:45:43 am

A FEW hours after the Supreme Court ordered a status quo on SYL canal, earth filling continued on full swing in several villages and a few levelled fields were handed over to the farmers for cultivation Thursday.

Earth-moving machines deployed will continue overnight operations so that by the time the apex’s court’s status quo reaches the government, a lot of ground would have been covered.

The happiness of Jeet Singh Jeeti, a farmer from Farehpur Garhi village in Patiala, knew no bounds when his four acres, once acquired for SYL, were returned to him in the shape of agricultural fields.

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“I will plant fodder crop in the area within a day or two as it requires to be prepared as an agricultural field. I am overwhelmed at the way my field, that was a huge mound of soil and a canal, was put back in shape in just 24 hour and handed back to me,” said Jeeti, after distributing laddoos to workers present at the spot.

“We started the work after Punjab Assembly passed the bill. We will stop the work now. But Jeeti’s field has been levelled. By the time the status quo comes into effect, he has got his field back for cultivation,” Youth Akali Dal leader, Harpal Cheema, who organised 15 JCB machines, said.

An Akali leader who did not wish to be named told The Indian Express that they had asked the needy to carry felled trees and even bricks removed from the bricked lining of the canal, “We have asked the poor to take away bricks.

After all, if such a massive canal is to be filled, then why not benefit the poor who cannot build houses for want of money, “ he said.

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He added that he had overseen operations at Kaami Kalan, Thuha, Lachru, Kamarpal, Jaaslan and Alampur villages besides Fatehpur. He said several farmers who had lost 10-16 acres to SYL were approaching him for help, adding “We will see how to help them.”

Trees continued to be a casualty owing to the levelling work. Villagers were seen taking felled trees to their houses. The Akali leader, however, said after getting instructions from the government to save trees, they had urged the farmers to retain the trees in their fields.

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First published on: 18-03-2016 at 04:45:43 am

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