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Unclean drain floods Machiwara area

Damage yet to be assessed

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Updated: July 5, 2014 12:49:10 am
Drain repair work in progress at  Machiwara. (Express) Drain repair work in progress at Machiwara. (Express)

Drain with heavy growth of weeds, silt was flooded with excess water in Machiwara area two days back thus causing a breach in Maini-Chamkaur Sahib-Machiwara(MCM) drain in Machiwara area. This flooded about 1500 acres of farm land area in and around where paddy transplantation was done recently.

Though the breach is  being plugged but the damage to the crops is yet to  be assessed as water has  yet not been drained out of the fields.

The capacity of this drain is about 30 cusecs while on July 2 due to 135 mm rainfall in Ropar area, this drain got more than 135 cusecs which resulted in the breach. However, unclean drain was yet another reason.

Though drainage officials maintained that its cleaning was due in next year, however, heavy growth of weeds and  silt was found even this  year as well. This was not ruled out even by the DC Rajat Aggarwal who inspected the spot on Friday.

Trees planted along the drain had also fallen in the drain thus chocking it further. Drainage department chief engineer Gurdev Singh said that villagers should not plant trees along the drains.
The DC has ordered the revenue department to  get girdawari of the affected land done so that the farmers can be compensated as per the damage.

Farmers, however, alleged that regular cleaning would have prevented this damage to a great extent. The breach plugging was on even today as well and officials told that water is likely to be drained out from the fields by Saturday.

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