Panchkula 26July,Anita Mittal : With a view to avert any incident of drowning, the concerned officers have been directed to impose a complete ban on entering of people including coin pickers in Ghaggar, Kaushalya, Dangri and other rivers and drains passing through the district for the purpose of taking bath and collecting other articles.
While stating this here today, Deputy Commissioner Mrs. Ashima Brar said that to maintain law and order in the district and for the safety of life and property of people, section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) had already been imposed in the district. She said that during the rainy season water level in the river rises therefore, to avoid any danger, people should avoid entering it. She maintained that people, who reside in the areas alongside the river, enter into the river to grab the articles flowing in it. Huge quantity of articles like coconuts, coins, iron items, wire, wood were thrown by the religious minded people in the river, she maintained.
Mrs. Brar said that the concerned officers have also been directed not to leave their station without any prior intimation especially during the ongoing rainy season. She said that a district level flood control room has been set up at Mini Secretariat, Panchkula while a Sub Divisional Level control room has been set up at Kalka to deal with the flood like situation in the district. These control rooms are operational round the clock to keep a close vigil to check water lodging especially in the low lying areas, she added.
It is obvious that these arrangements are made considering and deal with the last year incidents took in the monsoon season. In one incident two ladies from slum struck in to the ghaggar because of unexpected huge flow of rainy water. The ladies had to wait in the ghaggar till the rescue team reaches there. The ladies brought out of the water after the about four hours by the help of military and local administration. In the second incident the people who were living along the shore ghaggar in their dwelling at Bir Ghaggar, Panchkula. There were the complaints of number of huge cracks in the houses as the rear part of houses along ghaggar caved in due to rise in the water level of the ghaggar. Tackling with these incidents, Panchkula administration advised the residents to shift from their houses to safer places during monsoon.
Numbers of articles like coconuts, coins, metal items including gold, silver, wire, are thrown by the religious minded people. To find out these valuable they some time spend their whole day in the ghaggar. By searching them they sell out them in the market and earn their livelihood. Its not easy job but they do for the sake of their livelihood despite of risk on their lives stated by the articles pickers.