Depleting groundwater deepens water crisis state The depleting water table has deepened water crises in Punjab. The state has also been fighting a legal battle (SYL Canal issue) with its neighbour Haryana, to save its waters.The situation has aggravated in the past over a decade with the farmers of Punjab exploiting ground water ruthlessly. Farmers of the areas where supply of canal water seems to be a distance dream are the worst affected. The areas on the tail ends of the canals are fully dependent on the rains and many of them are forced to abandon their fields.Dalvir Singh Goldy, legislator from Dhuri, raised the serious issue in the Punjab Assembly drawing attention of the state government over the hardship being faced by the farmers of Dhuri and general public as well.A large number of tubewells sunk by the Punjab Tubewell Corporation in Dhuri (Sangrur district) are lying nonoperational because of the repaid depleting of groundwater, he said.
Goldy, a young legislator, asked Punjab Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjeet Singh of the government had any proposal under its consideration to construct new canal water channels in places of the nonfunctional tubewells.Adding to this, Randeep Singh Nabha, MLA Nabha, also highlighted the plight of residents of his constituency who are facing similar situation. Giving reference of a NASA report, Nabha said that the situation is alarming in some of the districts in Malwa belt.“The government should come up with rain-water harvesting and water re-charging projects. Moreover, the villagers and farmers should be motivates and facilitated for opting water re-charging and rain water harvesting,” claimed Nabha.The irrigation minister claimed that the government had no proposal to sink more tubewells and construct new channels to provide canal water in these areas.He, however, also admitted that the problem was sever and acres of land has been abandoned by the farmers due to depleting water table. He said that the government has taken a serious view of the problem and ensured the MLAs that best efforts would be done to tackle the situation.
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