Punjab to Canalise Its Rivers Announces Capt Amarinder
Reviewing the ground situation in the flood-hit villages for the second time this, Punjab CM Capt. Amarinder Singh announced that his government would canalise all the rivers of the state. Punjab will take technical support from the World Bank (WB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) to canalise all the rivers. The Chief Minister also promised due compensation to the affected farmers as soon as the water recedes and special girdawari is completed. Talking to media after an aerial survey to assess the damage caused by flooding in Sultanpur Lodhi (Kapurthala) and Jalandhar areas, the Chief Minister announced a project to project to realign river streams and courses, besides strengthening and widening of the river embankments for a permanent solution to the problem of floods. In response to a question, the Chief Minister further said nothing would be allowed to hamper the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, and his government was geared up to celebrate the historic occasion in a befitting manner. The state government had sought an Rs 1,000-crore special package from the Centre. Captain Amarinder inspected the breach site in Gidderpindi, resulting from the release of excess water from the Bhakra dam. The Deputy Commissioners of Jalandhar and Kapurthala apprised the Chief Minister about the various measures undertaken by the administration to provide succor to the needy in this crisis. “For the first time, Bhakra, which normally gets filled to its permissible storage level of 1680 feet by September, was overflowing in August”, said the Chief Minister.