SANGRUR: As if a swelling Ghaggar during monsoons was not enough for causing damage, the construction of a 10-foot high concrete wall along the Hansi-Butana canal in Haryana is also expected to severely affect people living near the seasonal river.
The residents of about two dozen villages situated near Ghaggar`s banks are a worried lot because of the construction.
They have decided to approach state and Union authorities against this.
The wall would block the flow of flood waters towards Guhla-Cheeka side in Haryana and would keep it back in villages of Sangrur and Patiala districts, say residents of the area.
Punjab had challenged the Hansi-Butana construction in Supreme Court.
"Injustice is being meted out to residents of about two dozen villages already living at the mercy of the authorities` attitude as the construction of the wall along Hansi-Butana in four-km area would ensure flooding of these villages completely," said Ghaggar Control Committee chairman Jugraj Singh Hotipur.
Hotipur said it was suggested long back that Haryana be allowed to use Ghaggar water from Hansi-Butana regulator during paddy season, but no heed was given to the suggestion.
Makrod Sahib resident Joginder Singh said people had still not forgotten floods of 2010 and with the construction of Hansi Butana wall they would have to face more such problems, as at that time, some of the water had spread into Haryana allowing the flood`s intensity to come down.
He added that construction of the wall would prove disastrous for many Punjabi villages and if state authorities did not come forward in saving villages, they would be ruined if Ghaggar showed its fury.
State irrigation minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon said Punjab would oppose the wall`s construction strongly and the matter would soon be raised before Union government.