More than 200 feet of the Dhussi dam in Kherabet were washed away on Saturday night,inundating almost 450 acres of land. Sources said the water was 6-foot deep.
According to the drainage department,75,000 sand bags were used to repair the damage earlier but these have been washed away. Now more sand bags are being put inside to plug the damage. The damage is more as compared to that on August 24. According to reports,another section of the bund is also eroding. Since yesterday the water level started rising in the Sutlej and hence it posed danger to the weak points. The water was 32,000 cusecs in Sutlej which reduced to 24,000 cusecs.
While rain has not stopped since September 5,the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) released 12,000 cusec of water in the Sutlej. Water level in the Sutlej was 32,000 cusec in Ludhiana on Friday. It later came down to 24,000 cusecs.
Though the water is flowing below the danger mark,the velocity of water is weakening the areas which were repaired recently.
Executive engineer,drainage department,Darshan Singh said,Whenever the water level decreases,it causes damage. So far the villages are safe and no loss has been reported. Our labour is on the job.
Repair works at Kasabad,Madhepur,Rampur complex,Manewal,Mattewara etc areas are still being carried out and even these points are very weak he said.
The government has already spent Rs 50 lakh for repair works,but now drainage team is asking for another Rs 30 lakh.
DC Manish Tewari said,I have asked officials to show me the utilisation of the previous funds and accordingly we can sanction new funds if needed.
The staff has indicated that prices of raw material has increased a. Rope bundle,which earlier came for Rs 500 is now available for Rs 580.