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Punjab govt to evolve foolproof mechanism for compensating the victims of tragedy
Batting for 'faultless execution' of the master plan prepared for eradicating the menace of water logging from the state, the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today termed it as 'panacea of all ills' for the water logged districts of the state.
Winding up his three-day whirlwind tour in the rain affected water logged districts of the state, the Chief Minister said that the existing master plan conceived by the state government last year, after minutely observing the gravity of situation in water logged areas, would permanently wipe out this grave problem, which causes huge loss every year.

He said that the need of the hour was to immediately accomplish the task of relief and rehabilitation in the rain affected water logged districts for resuming the ongoing work initiated under this master plan in a planned manner. Badal also asked the Secretary Irrigation Kahan Singh Pannu to personally supervise the implementation of this master plan, so that people could get a major reprieve.

In another significant decision, the Chief Minister also announced that under the proposed revamping of the drainage system of the state the Irrigation department has been directed to convert all the drains of the state into Flood Water Carrying drains.

Terming it as the need of the hour, he said that from last few years the floods occurring due to the incessant rains in the water logged districts have been causing a lot of damage to the crops and properties of the residents, so the conversion of existing drains into flood water carrying drains was the need of the hour.

Badal said that the banks of Flood water carrying drains would permanently lined against the temporary ones of existing drains so that loss to the crops of the residents could be minimized. He also directed the Irrigation department to prepare the estimate of the entire project within a month for its early execution.

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