The State government has released a special grant of Rs 24 lakh for strengthening of Dussi bandh on Sutlej at Begowal in the district.
Nawanshahr MLA Angad Singh who, following reports of erosion of the bandh at the site claims to have taken up the issue with the state Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit Singh, on Sunday said the minister immediately responded to his request and released the special grant and directed the officials of the drainage department to take appropriate steps to safeguard the life and property of the residents of the area.Singh added that this grant was separate from the earlier grant of Rs 80 lakh which had been released by the state government for strengthening of the stretch of dhussi bandh falling in the district. The strengthening works to be initiated at the embankment by XEN, Drainage department, Phagwara Circle, would include construction of studs and revetment, further added the MLA.Meanwhile earlier in the day, the district administration led by Naib-tehsildar Sanjay Sharma, reportedly started steps to shift the migratory labour residing near the site of erosion to other safe places. The MLA accompanied by district officials and other local senior congressmen too visited the affected spot in the afternoon Sunday.
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