Sukhnandan appeals LG to save agricultural land along border from flash floods

Ch Sukhnandan visiting border area in Ramgarh to assess damage due to flash floods.
Ch Sukhnandan visiting border area in Ramgarh to assess damage due to flash floods.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 23: Senior BJP leader and former Minister Choudhary Sukhnandan Kumar today visited the International Border area in Ramgarh sector to take first hand account of the situation following flash floods there.
He observed that farmers in border areas from Ramgarh have suffered heavy losses as thousands of acres of agricultural land along the border has been washed away in flash floods.
“In the absence of proper embankment, Basantar and Devik rivers changed their route in Ramgarh area thus causing damage to agricultural land while at two spots, the flash flood damaged even the fensing of border posts near Tanwar and Mullu,” he said and feared that several villages in this region and those in its proximity can witness huge losses to agricultural fields in the aftermath of flash floods likely in next rains.
Ch Sukhnandan Kumar urged the administration to construct protection walls along the rivulets to prevent frequent losses caused to the agricultural fields especially in border areas. “We appeal to the LG Manoj Sinha to depute teams to the affected areas to assess the situation and issue order to Divisional Commissioner to execute already prepared DPR of Rs 25 crore,” he said.
“Earlier, shelling from Pakistan affected agricultural activities along the IB in Jammu and Kashmir, and now, flood waters from the other side are damaging standing paddy crop in Ramgarh area,” he said and elaborated that from near BSF Nursery Post to BSF Mallua Post and Tanwar BSF Post in Ramgarh area, there was flash flood and only strong embankments along the border can save the Indian soil from erosion in the rainy season.
“Last year LG Manoj Sinha visited Chamlalyal Mela and he had assured embankment along Basantar river. Divisional Commissioner Jammu was also ordered by the LG to visit and consequently Rs 25 crore DPR was prepared but nothing was done afterwards,” he said.
Those who accompanied the former minister included DDC member Sarbjeet Singh Johal, Sarpanch Kali Dass, Sarpanch Kuldeep Kumar, Shiv Choudhary Mandal Pardhan BJP, Naib Sarpanch Parveen, Panch Rakesh Kumar, Sarda Swarn Singh, Raj Kumar and others.