SIALKOT

The dilapidated banks of three major canals have been left damaged and the delay in repair is resulting in several untoward incidents. These canals include Bambaanwala-Ravi-Badian(BRB) Daska, Marala Ravi Link Daska and Upper Chenab in Sambrial. Several people including women and children have drowned after their vehicles plunged into the canals. About seven years ago, the then govt had ordered immediate repair and construction of these canals. According to a recent survey, the banks of canals have never been repaired since the construction of these canals in British regime before the partition of the Indo-Pak Subcontinent.

These roads along the canal banks are very narrow and travelling on the same is very dangerous. All the federal, provincial and district governments have never allocated even a single penny for the direly needed repair of the roads along the canals.

Thus, it takes more than one hour to travel a distance of about four kilometres (from Main Canal Bridge to village Raja Ghumaan) on the road. Several spots of the banks along these canals are also very narrow. There is no fencing on both the banks. The travelling on these banks has already been declared dangerous, but, the Irrigation Department has never made any practical step to halt travelling on these narrow and dangerous banks of the canal.

When contacted, the concerned officials held the Highway Department responsible while the Highway Department officials termed Irrigation Department responsible for the repairing.