Sangrur, April 17
The state government has spent millions of dollars reinforcing and repairing the embankment of the seasonal Ghaggar creek. Meanwhile, locals have expressed their displeasure and alleged misuse of funds for the repair work.
Recently, senior officials from several departments visited Ghaggar to take rapid preventive measures against the floods. Sangrur Deputy Commissioner Jitendra Jorwal stopped and warned officials for tough action if they failed to shore up Ghaggar banks properly this year.
Many locals were hoping to see the much needed strengthening of Ghaggar banks this year as CM Bhagwant Mann had already visited their area several times when he was an MP and assured them all of help in this regard.
“Officials have repeatedly claimed to have spent millions of dollars on the Ghaggar works. Every year, the villagers of Salemgarh, Moonak, Hamigarh, Surjan Bhaini and Bhundan Bhaini pool Rs. 200 per acre to strengthen the embankment of Ghaggar. If there had been an appropriate use of the funds, we would not have had to pay any money. The state government should immediately order a high-level investigation into the misuse of the funds,” demanded Kabul Singh Sekhon, a member of the region’s residents’ committee, formed to organize the money to bolster Ghaggar banks. .
Meanwhile, locals shared their woes with DC and other officials and urged them to take quick action before the start of the rainy season this year. —