Chandigarh, July 14 (Trinew)
Former Haryana CM and Leader of Opposition Bhupendra Singh says that half of Haryana has been flooded due to the failure and mismanagement of the BJP-JJP coalition government. According to him, the government’s decision to close the Dadupur Nalvi Canal has taken a toll on the districts of northern Haryana. If this canal was not closed then there would never be flood in this area. Describing the flood situation and the government’s arrangements as inadequate, Hooda met Governor Bandaru Dattatreya at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday.
Hooda, who reached the Raj Bhavan along with several MLAs and senior leaders, in a memorandum submitted to the governor, demanded compensation of Rs 40,000 per acre to all those farmers whose fields were waterlogged. He has demanded compensation of Rs 20 lakh each to the kin of those killed. He said that the people whose houses were destroyed due to flood should be given proper compensation. Before meeting the governor, Hooda visited Ambala, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar and Karnal districts. After knowing the problems being faced by the people in the field, he handed over the memorandum with all the issues. The former CM said that there is a meeting of the Flood Control Board every year to prevent floods, but the government did not hold any such meeting. People of Panchkula, Karnal, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Fatehabad, Panipat, Sirsa, Palwal and Sonepat districts are affected due to heavy rains and floods.
The former chief minister told the governor that the embankments of the Yamuna river had not been repaired. There were no proper arrangements for drainage of water in the cities. The course of the river has changed due to illegal mining. People’s houses collapsed and farmers’ crops were ruined. The crisis of fodder for animals increased. The state government did not make any arrangements in time to stop illegal mining in Yamuna river. Hooda has demanded that the farmers should get immediate compensation for the crop damage and the losses of traders and shopkeepers should be compensated. After giving the memorandum, Hooda, who met the media at the state Congress headquarters, said, “Today the people of the state are in trouble.” In such a situation, the opposition cannot sit with closed eyes. It is the responsibility of the opposition to highlight the shortcomings of the government and the problems of the people. Congress will definitely fulfill its responsibility. If the government will look into the demands raised by the opposition, it will be in the interest of the public. Sarpanchs of many villages told him that the villagers had repeatedly demanded the government to get the drains cleaned. For the last almost 2 years, the government is ignoring this demand.
Right of SYL Haryana: Hooda
Responding to the statement made by Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on SYL, Hooda said that SYL is the right of Haryana. Had Punjab given SYL water to Haryana, it would not have to face floods today. A large part of Haryana would have benefited from SYL water and Punjab would have been relieved of flood-like calamities.
Many villages of the state have become islands: Udaybhan
Congress State President Udaybhan said that he visited many areas. Terrible conditions have been created due to the flood. Many villages have turned into islands, which are becoming extremely difficult to reach. On such an occasion, the government and the administration should have acted in a sensitive manner. But on the contrary, the government is showing insensitivity.