Punjab

Water released through Ferozepur canal only for irrigation, rivers water reaching Harike headworks unfit for human consumption-chief engineer canals Punjab

Raghbir Singh Brar | May 17, 2022 09:13 PM

It is an alarming situation  corroborating the claims of the social workers organizations that rivers in Punjab are getting highly polluted.

 Faridkot: What could be a corroboration of public assumption that water flowing up to Harike headworks, where the Satluj and Beas meet, is highly polluted, the chief engineer canals Punjab has written a letter to the Exen Ferozepur canal circle today that the water flowing through the canals, originating from here, should only be used for irrigation purpose instead of drinking one.

“In this regard, you are being informed that a standard operation procedure(SOP) formed by BBMB  to stop the flow of the polluted water into the canals is under progress. After getting the sampling of the water reaching at Harike headworks by the Punjab Pollution control Board and Rajasthan government, it has been found out that the water reaching at the confluence of the river Satluj and Beas, ie, at Harike headworks is only fit irrigation purpose right now, not to be used for human consumption,” reads the letter addressed to the Exen, canal circle Ferozpur by the chief engineer of canals Punjab.

 

“Despite repeated demand by the Rajasthan government to release irrigation water  through Bikaner canal, it has been decided to release  the canal water through Ferozpur canal and the Rajastahn government has told that its water would be used for irrigation purpose only,” the letter said.

It is pertinent to mention that Rajasthan government gets about 18500 cusec water through Rajasthan feeder originating at Harike headworks and besides it, Sirhind feeder also originates from this headworks. But due to the inflow of the highly polluted water discharged by the industry from many towns into the Satluj, water gets highly polluted at Harike headworks, particularly during the rains when the flow is too small.

Both the canals, besides others, feed drinking water to hundreds of villages in Rajasthan and Punjab besides irrigation.

"We have been raising up this issue many times through the past years that Rajasthan and Sirhind canals originating from Hari Ke Head works are carrying out toxic water which is unfit for human consumption. The industrial water of many towns is being thrown out into river Satluj which results into many deadly disease to the people drinking  this water," said Gurpreet Singh Chandbaja, founder of Bhai Kanaya Cancer Roko Sewa Society, Faridkot.

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