The canal, which was proposed in the 1980′s, was part of the SUL canal project, which was to feed Derabassi and Banur. According to Dera Bassi residents, this was a project they had been looking forward to but the government dropped it unceremoniously, that too at a time when the area is facing water shortage.
Late Capt Kanwaljit Singh’s daughter Manpreet Kaur Dolly urged residents to resist the move. She said the Dashmesh Canal project was meant for the welfare of the common man.
Dera Bassi has been plagued by twin problems of water shortage and water pollution, caused by industrial units. Water level in the area is around 1,500 feet and it is not possible for everyone to install pumps. In such a scenario, the Dashmesh Canal project was something area residents were banking on.
Residents of Dera Bassi urged the government to reconsider scrapping of the project in larger public interest. They have also planned to set up a panel of members to meet ministers and officials and lobby for the project. They warned of an agitation if the government failed to consider their demands.
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