Chandigarh-Expressing concern over the unaddressed requests of the state authorities, Punjab Water Resources and Soil & Water Conservation Minister S. Chetan Singh Jauramajra urged the union authorities to include Punjab into the Atal Bhujal Yojana.
Emphasizing the pressing want for inclusion the Punjab because the state is going through a crucial scenario on account of steady groundwater depletion, he lamented that the union authorities was not paying any heed regardless of fixed correspondence from the state authorities.
During a dialogue on safeguarding water sources from air pollution and stopping the decline of groundwater ranges, S. Chetan Singh Jauramajra in a gathering with Rajya Sabha Member Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal on the Punjab Civil Secretariat, highlighted the repeated makes an attempt by the Water Resources Department to attract consideration of the union authorities in direction of the most important subject. He additionally urged Sant Seechewal to strongly advocate for Punjab’s inclusion within the scheme with the union authorities.
Criticizing the union authorities for excluding Punjab from the Atal Bhujal Scheme, which is designed to help states going through extreme groundwater points, the Cabinet Minister mentioned that regardless of the state’s alarming groundwater scenario, the central authorities has been constantly neglecting the state, which has over-exploited its valuable pure useful resource to brim the nationwide meals inventory.
Meanwhile, Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal mentioned that as a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Water Resources, he already strongly objected to the exclusion of Punjab underneath this scheme and had additionally written to incorporate Punjab on this scheme.
Addressing one other concern raised by Sant Seechewal relating to the development of a highway on the Dhusi Bundh of the Sutlej River, S. Chetan Singh Jauramajra instructed the officers to coordinate with the Punjab Mandi Board for immediate implementation on this regard. He mentioned that the riverside highway development would fortify Dhusi embankment, stopping breaches throughout floods.
The Cabinet Minister additionally directed division officers to make sure the cleanliness of rivers for efficient rainwater drainage earlier than the graduation of the rains, whereas stressing to speed up cleansing works to mitigate potential harm.
Prominent amongst different who had been current within the assembly included; Principal Secretary Water Resources Mr. Krishan Kumar, Chief Engineer (Drainage) Mr. Hardeep Singh Mendiratta, Chief Engineer (Canals) Mr. Sher Singh and different officers.