Punjab

KISAN SAMITI SEEKS PM'S INTERVENTION TO STOP WATER GOING TO PAKISTAN

May 21, 2020 08:24 AM

 Abohar (Face2News)

Ruing that water from India was being “allowed” to flow into Kasur area of West Punjab province in Pakistan instead of fulfilling the needs of Indian farmers, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (KSS) has sought intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

Samiti spokesman Subhash Sehgal said Bhakra Dam had in the past decades been filled with storage capacity ranging from 1462 to 1690  feet, Pong Dam with 1260 to 1420 and Ranjit Sagar Dam with 527 feet capacity were constructed to meet needs of farmers/consumers in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.

Samiti spokesman Subhash Sehgal said Bhakra Dam had in the past decades been filled with storage capacity ranging from 1462 to 1690  feet, Pong Dam with 1260 to 1420 and Ranjit Sagar Dam with 527 feet capacity were constructed to meet needs of farmers/consumers in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. In the past two decades the (BBMB) normally would keep Bhakra Dam empty by 15 feet to prevent flooding. Due to inadequate water management, thousands of cusecs of water was allowed to flow to Pakistan through Ferozepur headworks in May and well-placed sources indicate that at least 18,000 cusecs was water was also allowed to flow towards Kasur area on neighboring West Punjab in April this year, KSS said.

He said that in the past two decades the Bhakra Beas Management Board  (BBMB) normally would keep Bhakra Dam empty by 15 feet to prevent flooding. Due to inadequate water management, thousands of cusecs of water was allowed to flow to Pakistan through Ferozepur headworks in May and well-placed sources indicate that at least 18,000 cusecs was water was also allowed to flow towards Kasur area on neighboring West Punjab in April this year, KSS said.

KSS claimed that water storage level in Bhakra Dam and Pong Dam at present was less than the average capacity. Sowing in the three beneficiary states has been going on for cotton and guar crops; paddy sowing was also expected to be started by May 25. Farmers in the three  states will need 65,000 cusecs of water, the central government should intervene immediately ensure its availability as some of the canals were running dry. Samiti further said that Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat belongs to Rajasthan; he had been apprised of the improper water management early this year. In the past, farmers had produced video clips also of water flowing in Pakistan side from headworks in Punjab.

Ruling politicians in center had announced that not a single drop of water will be allowed to flow to Pakistan, they must ensure it now, he said. 

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