Amid the struggle to thwart the flood threat at Mirzapur and Hussainpur villages in Punjab’s Nawanshahr district, Deputy Commissioner Navjot Pal Singh Randhawa has mooted a long-term concrete plan to ensure proper channelisation of the Sutlej river.
Randhawa told reporters that he had identified several bottlenecks in the smooth flow of the Sutlej river from Balachaur to Rahon areas in the district during the recent heavy rain and flood-like situation in the district.
In the Balachaur area, he had got removed a few obstacles to ensure the smooth flow of the river water.
“Besides, I have been preparing a plan to desilt Sutlej river in ‘V’ shape so as to increase its depth in the middle to absorb the volume and flow of water and have taken up the issue with the department concerned,” the deputy commissioner said.
The increase in volume and flow of water in the Sutlej after the recent opening of floodgates at Bhaklhra dam has heightened the apprehension of the district administration and the Mirzapur and Hussainpur villagers living near Dhussi bund. Now that the water level has decreased, the residents feel there is some respite to the danger of breach.
Deputy Commissioner Randhawa, accompanied by district administration and drainage department officials, has constantly been monitoring the situation, providing requisite administrative assistance and boosting the morale of the villagers.
“While handling the situation at Mirzapur and Hussainpur, it has been noticed that a forest area has been created by planting safeda trees at Mand Chaunta village in Ludhiana district lying on the other side of the Sutlej river. This is not only causing hindrance to the smooth flow of the river but also diverting the water towards Mirzapur village in Nawanshahr district causing huge erosion of Dhussi bund,” said the deputy commissioner.
The officer added that he had taken up the issue with the department concerned to take immediate steps to ensure the natural flow of river water there.
Besides, the officials are also exploring the potential of setting up mini hydel projects, he added.