For years, the dirty water of Punjab was passing through Pakistan. However, now the neighbor has stopped the flow. Pakistan has constructed a big dam on the border area on its side. Due to which the water flowing through the drains of 5 districts of the state has stopped.
This has resulted in a waterlogging situation on the Indian side of the border area of 20 km. Due to this contaminated water, supply of agriculture and drinking water in many villages of Punjab has become a problem. Environmentalist Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal also expressed concern over this and said to send a report to the government.
Over the years, sewage from five districts of Punjab, Malout, Ferozepur, Moga, Faridkot and Muktsar, collects from 22 drains and enters the Sutlej river in Pakistan. Now that Pakistan has built a big dam, this dirty water is not able to reach the Sutlej. Hence, this contaminated water has started filling in an area of about 20 km along the border.
Due to this, thousands of hectares of agriculture in more than 15 villages including Jamsher Muhar, Kabul Shah, Sureshwala, Awa, Noor Mohammad, Guhrami, Mubaka have started getting affected. The villagers are also very worried.
Undrinkable Water Samples
Due to contaminated water and filth, now drinking water has also become contaminated in more than 20 km area. Testing in laboratories has confirmed that the ground water here is no longer potable. If the government does not resolve this problem soon, the situation will get worse.
Seechewal Model is the Permanent Solution
Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal visited the villages. He said that the Seechewal model is the only solution. Instead of dumping the contaminated water in the drains, we should install CTP outside the districts. Along with the problem of irrigation, this water will also act as fertilizer. This will also bring economic benefits to the villagers.
Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal is the Member of Punjab Pollution Control Board, NGT. He said, “This is a very serious problem. This problem has persisted in this area for many years. We have visited the affected area recently and also met the villagers. We are also preparing a report in this regard. The board has suggested the Seechewal model to the government for its permanent solution”.