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Haryana accuses Punjab of draining out flood waters

By Our Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, AUG 4. Haryana has been facing a very explosive flood situation in Ambala and Kaithal districts thanks to the numerous cuts created in the Narwana Branch of the Bhakra system and the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal in Punjab territory by authorities to drain out flood waters from their territory.

While condemning this unethical practice, the Haryana Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Ram Pal Majra, said in a statement released here that the Narwana Branch had been cut at three places in Punjab to drain out flood waters. The SYL canal had also been punctured at many places in Punjab to drain out flood waters. This was an inhuman act and had endangered the lives of thousands of villagers along their banks.

He pointed out that the SYL canal and Narwana branch were overflowing in spite of only 500 cusecs being released in an authorised manner into the latter. Nearly 30 times more water was flowing in these canals. "From where has this water come?'' he asked. "Obviously this is a highly condemnable mischief on the part of the authorities in Punjab'', he alleged.

At the Tangri Super Passage near Jansui Head in Ambala district, Tangri was flowing at 60,000 cusecs whereas the normal discharge is only 40,000 cusecs. The maximum gauge here was at 50,000 cusecs and the water was flowing one feet above the gauge that is 60,000 cusecs. He said that the entire Irrigation Department and district administration had been put on constant vigil. To cope with the inflows from Punjab, the escapes of SYL canal and Narwana and Sirsa Branches had been opened so that water flowed to Bibipur lake and Amin drain.

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