Social activist, villagers raise funds, de-silt 10 km canal

A JCB engaged by villagers for de-silting of canal in Bishnah.
A JCB engaged by villagers for de-silting of canal in Bishnah.

Rare initiative by locals

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 11: In a very unique initiative of its kind for the first time, the villagers with the support of a local social activist raised funds and conducted extensive de-silting of 10 kms of Ranbir Canal in Bishnah tehsil and carried irrigation water up to the tail end after the gap of over 12 years.
Sarpanch Darshan Singh and local social activist Binder Sandu from Chak Slarian told the Excelsior that with the initiative of Prem Vashisht, hailing from village Majua (Bishnah) and presently residing in Delhi during his recent visit to the area in 2nd week of June, assured all financial help after the people of the area during meeting, expressed that they are unable to get irrigation water for the last about 12 years as the concerned authorities did not conduct de-silting since log and not repaired the canal at tail end.
Upon this, a dedicated team involving four Sarpanches of the area and other Panches and social activists, started work by hiring four JCBs and some labourers and completed the work of de-silting and repairing the distributaries of Ranbir canal from Magaal to Narayanpur ( 7kms ) and Chimne Chak to Shingu Chak (3 kms) on Tuesday. They said entire work was completed within eight days and the water has reached up to the tail end after a long span of over 12 years.
Sandhu said that there is some problem in the siphon between Kheri and Natal villages, as from there the water level up to the last tail end is not satisfactory. ” We have approached the concerned Executive Engineer Irrigation Arora to provide technical staff and get the Siphon repaired. The entire money, nearly Rs 2.50 lakhs has been provided by Prem Vashisht while all the Sarpanches including Darshan Singh from Khour Slarian, Vijay Singh from Chak Chamana, Parkash Singh from Dug and many other Panchayat members and locals rendered their services for this common cause. With this, hundreds of acres of land of the villagers which had virtually turned barren is now being irrigated,” he added.