Punjab Government, Bhakra Dam Officials Lock Horns Over Cause Of Floods

Rachna Khaira

CHANDIGARH— While flood rescue operations are underway in Punjab, the Congress-led state government has blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government for exacerbating the floods by releasing extra water from the Bhakra dam between August 16 to August 19.

The ensuring deluge, the Punjab government contends, caused over Rs 1700 crores worth of damage. 

On Wednesday, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought a Rs 1000 crore special package to address the losses from flooding.

“The flooding in river Sutlej due to the discharge of water from Bhakra Dam, the heaviest since 1958, had caused extensive damage to the standing crops and inundation of residential areas in the villages adding that an early estimated suggested the damage to be of Rs 1700 crore,” the CM stated in a press release. 

The government had declared it a natural calamity in the affected areas and stated  that necessary assistance though was given by the Army authorities, the floods in river Sutlej had severely damaged standing crops, houses and other rural and urban infrastructure at many places, especially in the districts of Ropar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Kapurthala covering over 100 villages.

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