The Mukstar and Fazilka regions of the state of Punjab are currently facing lack of canal water facilities. The farmers and agricultural department of these regions have been complaining a lot lately and after hearing the complaints of the both, the Punjab Government has allegedly blamed the Rajasthan for the crisis.
Recently, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, the Punjab Irrigation Minister visited Muktsar region and said, “The Sirhind feeder derives water from Harike head-works and is supplying irrigation water in the Faridkot, Ferozepur, Fazilka and Sri Muktsar Sahib districts of Punjab. This canal was proposed to be cleaned in the month of April, 2016 after taking the NOC from the Government of Rajasthan. But Rajasthan did not allow the closure of canal for cleaning.”
He also said that the canal shall not be closed and water supply must conitue. He added, “Since the Sirhind feeder canal could not be cleaned, therefore due to silting of the canal the water carrying capacity reduced by about 20% at the head of canal.”