Haryana forwards Rs 190 cr Flood Protection Scheme

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Chandigarh, Sep 22 (UNI) Haryana has submitted a Rs 190 crore Flood Protection Scheme to the Ganga Flood Control Commission for its approval and funding so that the embankment of Yamuna river from Yamunanagar to Palwal could be strengthened, besides undertaking other flood protection works along river Yamuna.

Stating this here today, Haryana Irrigation Minister Ajay Singh Yadav said that due to discharge of excessive water from Tajewala Head works, the water had entered into Yamunanagar, Karnal and Panipat districts.

He said on September 20, the water flow through Tajewala Head Works was 4.09 lakh cusecs and the water level had decreased to 32000 cusecs today itself. He said such excessive flood water was experienced in river Yamuna on October 17, 1998 with the intensity of 5.41 lakh cusecs.

Capt Yadav said that unless Renuka, Kishau and Lakhvyar Beasi dams were not constructed the permanent solution of this problem could not be found.

He said Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had met Union Minister for Water Resources Saif-ud-din-Soz twice to pursue the case of construction of these dams.

He said excessive water which had arrived from Himachal Pradesh had resulted in excessive water at Yamunanagar, Karnal and Panipat districts.

He said eight villages of Yamunanagar district and 11 villages of Karnal district had been affected due to excessive water flow.

The Minister said there were no reports of any breach in Yamuna banks and Irrigation Department had deployed officials to keep a vigil.

He said Mr Hooda had made an aerial survey to inspect the marooned areas of Yamunanagar district and assured the farmers to give appropriate compensation whose crops had been damaged due to excessive flow of water.

Capt Yadav said the situation would be back to normal in Karnal district by tomorrow as the water level was receding at fast speed.

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