Panel will give report on canal breach in 3 days, says Mahajan 

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 29 September 2018

The Water Resources minister said, “The inquiry committee will probe the reasons behind the breach that occurred in the Mutha right bank canal on Thursday. The committee will find out the exact reason behind the incident. The committee is headed by TN Munde, Chief Engineer, Water Resources Department. It will submit its report in next three days.” 

Pune: State Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan on Friday said an inquiry committee has been formed to conduct a probe into the breach of Mutha right canal incident, which will submit its report within three days. He said an underground tunnel would be made instead of the existing canal to carry water. 

Mahajan visited the affected slums in the Dandekar Bridge area. He assured the affected people that all possible help would be provided by the State government. However, he had to face the anger of the slum dwellers as they alleged that leaders usually make such visits as a publicity stunt and are not serious about helping them. 

The Water Resources minister said, “The inquiry committee will probe the reasons behind the breach that occurred in the Mutha right bank canal on Thursday. The committee will find out the exact reason behind the incident. The committee is headed by TN Munde, Chief Engineer, Water Resources Department. It will submit its report in next three days.” 

The minister said the Irrigation Department officials told him that rats and other rodents might have weakened the foundation of the bank of the canal by burrowing it, which might have led to the incident. 

He revealed the plan to make an underground canal at the cost of Rs 1,300 crore, which will also stop water leakage, water thefts and avoid breaches in the canal banks. “The underground tunnel will be of 35 km,” he said.
 
Mahajan said encroachments along the canal could be one of the reasons for it becoming unsafe.
 
“We will have to take stringent steps to remove encroachments along the canal. The Pune Municipal Corporation should help in removing the encroachments,” he said.

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