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Construction of bundh on Buddha Nullah begins

Polluted water had damaged crops at Gaunspur village on July 11
Construction of bundh on Buddha Nullah begins
Work to construct a bundh on Buddha Nullah under way at Gaunspur village. Tribune Photo

Harshraj Singh
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, July 16

To avoid flooding in the highly polluted Buddha Nullah, the Drainage Department has started constructing bundh on the nullah in Gaunspur village in the district. Villagers have been demanding the construction of the bundh as many times, overflowing water of the nullah entered into their fields, damaging their crops.

The Tribune on July 12 highlighted that polluted water damaged crops and plants every year during the rainy season in the village. The polluted water of the nullah had overflowed and entered the fields and government land at Gaunspur when rain lashed the city on July 11.

Gurtej Singh Garcha, sub-divisional officer, Drainage Department, said they had deployed two machines in the area where water had overflowed. “The work to construct bundh is underway to prevent overflow of nullah. The work will be completed in three days. Sand bags will also be placed to strengthen the bundh. Our team is also removing the weed from the nullah,” he added.

A farmer, Jaspreet Singh said, “The department has started constructing the bundh. The overflowing polluted water had damaged crops in our fields many times. It was a dire need to strengthen the banks of Buddha Nullah. We are thankful to the authorities concerned for taking the required measures.”

Village Sarpanch Sukhdev Singh said, “The farmers used to suffer every year in the absence of the bundh. We hope that the bundh would prevent the polluted water from entering the fields. The villagers have been suffering a lot due to the polluted drain for several decades. We request the government to make Buddha Nullah pollution-free at the earliest so that the villagers can live their lives under clean environment.”

Notably, the overflowing polluted water had also damaged many plants and trees on government land along the nullah in the village. It is difficult to walk in area where trash and chemical waste from the nullah had accumulated due to flooding.

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