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Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Channelisation of Tangri in Ambala Cantt on cards

Nitish Sharma
Tribune News Service
Ambala, August 18

The Irrigation Department will hire a consultancy agency to study the discharge of water and prepare a drawing for channelisation of the Tangri in Ambala Cantonment.

The channelisation of the Tangri is an important project for Ambala Cantonment. Tangri is a seasonal river and it swells when there is heavy rainfall in the Shivalik region. Due to illegal colonies on the riverbed, the river has shrunk posing threat to the people residing there.

Committee formed for desilting

  • A committee has also been formed for desilting of the river
  • For the protection of the embankment, stone pitching work has also been carried out in nearly 500-feet area in Babyal village
  • Several weak points in New Ajeet Nagar and Lucky Nagar have also been eliminated

Residents remain worried that in case the river floods, it could damage their homes as the houses have been built on the riverbed. A permanent solution to save the colonies has been a long pending demand. In a relief to over 1,800 families living on the riverbed, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij last year had directed the Irrigation Department to prepare a plan to channelise the river by constructing retaining walls so that the rainwater could flow smoothly and the houses built on the riverbed could be saved from floods. The government had given in-principle approval for the project then but due to the Covid pandemic the project got delayed. Speaking to The Tribune, XEN Irrigation Department in Ambala Praveen Gupta said, "On the directions Home Minister Anil Vij a project was prepared and a file has been sent to higher authorities on Friday for hiring a consultancy agency. It will study the discharge of water of nearly last 50 years and prepare the drawings and designs. After the channelisation work, the floodwater would flow without disturbing the colonies situated on the riverbed. The higher authorities will decide whether a government agency would be given the task or any tender will be floated." "A committee has also been formed for the desilting of the river. For the protection of the embankment, stone pitching work has also been carried out in nearly 500-feet area in Babyal village. Several weak points in New Ajeet Nagar and Lucky Nagar have also been eliminated. Last year, the river had received 16,900 cusec water and it had flown smoothly, we are expecting that the river will be able to carry about 20,000 cusecs water smoothly this year."



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