Monday, February 28, 2011

Bhakra dam was to irrigate Hisar, Gurgaon & Rohtak

Feb 28, 2011,CHANDIGARH:

The Bhakra waters have failed to reach large parts of the area it was originally built to irrigate - Hisar, Rohtak and Gurgaon. A resolution to this effect was passed in the Punjab assembly on February 28, 1929.

The fact has come out in a Government of India publication under a series \"Saga of Inspirational Leadership\" devoted to Sir Chhotu Ram. The book has been brought out by the information and broadcasting ministry. Sir Chhotu Ram was considered the father of Bhakra Dam, which he pushed for to rid the farmers of the \"economic plague spots of Punjab\" in southeastern parts, which now form these three districts of Haryana.

The contents are bound to create ripples, as Punjab and Haryana are already fighting over the sharing of Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal waters.

They also have bitter disputes over Hansi Butana and Dashmesh canals. Although the dam brought \" Green Revolution\" to Punjab and parts of Haryana, a large part of the original areas it was meant to water remain deprived. This water goes only to Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Narwana and Fatehabad areas.

The resolution reads, \"This council recommends ... that vigorous attempts should be made to obtain the sanction of the Government of India and the Secretary of State for the execution of Bhakra Dam, and that the actual execution of the project should be taken in hand ... as soon as the requisite sanction has been obtained.\"
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