Chandigarh, March 14 –Haryana Government would implement schemes for flood control involving an investment of Rs 650 crore during next two years so as to effectively deal with this calamity.
This was stated by Haryana Irrigation Minister, Capt. Ajay Singh Yadav while replying to a question asked by MLA Mr Phool Singh Kheri about measures being taken to check floods in the area of Guhla-Cheeka.Capt. Yadav said that as there existed possibility of floods in Guhla-Cheeka, a Rs 1.52 crore siphon would be constructed at BML canal. He said that Kaushalya dam was being constructed to check floods and the left bank of Ghaggar river in the area of Guhla-Cheeka had been strengthened. Desilting has been done in the sensitive areas of the river. As many as 10 flood protection schemes costing Rs 15.50 crore have been sanctioned.
While replying to a question of MLA, Mr Jagdish Nair concerning ensuring of water at the tail ends of Hodal minor, Hasanpur minor, Gochhi drain and Ujina drain, Capt. Yadav said that these minors had the existing flow capacity of 80 to 100 per cent whereas it should be more. The control of flow of water in these minors was with the Uttar Pradesh Government. Efforts were being made to ensure supply of water upto the tail end of these minors and in the year 2010, water was ensured at the end of three tails. In case Uttar Pradesh reduced the supply of water in Agra canal for districts of Faridabad and Palwal, Haryana would also reduce the supply of water from Tajewala head in the same proportion because Uttar Pradesh Government has been requested several times in this regard. He said that the Engineer-in-Chief would soon be sent to Uttar Pradesh to deal with the issue.
Other MLAs including Mr Subhash Chaudhary, Mohammad Ilyas and Mr Anand Kaushik also participated in the discussion.
Capt. Yadav, who is also Forest and Environment Minister, said in reply to a question of Congress MLA, Mr Aftab Ahmed that 1452 challans have been registered for violation of the notification regarding use of plastic issued in January 2011 whereas 837 challans were registered in 2009-10 and 914 upto December 2010.
He said that a provision of fine has been made for violation of provisions of the notification which is between Rs 250 and Rs 500 for users, Rs 2500 to Rs 5000 for shopkeepers and vendors and it is between Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000 for manufacturers. The power to challan has been given to Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Naib Tehsildar and Block Development Officer.
He said that the Government was concerned about the misuse of plastic material and the Haryana State Pollution Control Board has taken action against four plastic manufacturing units in Faridabad. The State Government has also written to Governments of neighbouring States of Delhi and Rajasthan to apprise them about the notification so that they remain vigilant about supply of material in the adjoining cities.
In reply to a question asked by INLD MLA, Mr Rajbir Singh, Haryana Revenue and Disaster Management Minister, Mr Satpal Sangwan said that the State Government would distribute compensation in the flood affected villages of Duliana, Gaganheri and Sabga in Mullana Assembly Constituency at a rate of Rs 12,000 per acre. This amount would include Rs 6,000 fixed by the Central Government and an equal amount would be paid by the State Government. He said that Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda has approved this compensation which would be given away in next two months. Others who also participated in the discussion included Mr Bishan Lal Saini of INLD and Mr Rajpal Bhukhri of Congress.