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Babushahi: 21-lakh gallons of precious water wasted to recover officer's lost mobile phone!
5/26/2023 10:31:24 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, May 26: It sounds incredible but true, over 21 lakh gallons of precious water was shamelessly wasted to recover the lost mobile phone of an officer in Congress-ruled Chhatisgarh state.
Shockingly the area of drought-prone and local residents have been confronting with a severe scarcity of water both for potable and irrigation.
Reports said that in the Kanker district of Chhattisgarh, lakhs of litres of dam water has been wasted to retrieve an expensive mobile phone of a food inspector in Pankhjur. A thousand and a half acres of agricultural land that would have been irrigated was withdrawn for one phone. Despite all this, the valuable mobile phone of the officer was found but now it is damaged. Reports in local newspapers mentioned that the Food Department officials of Koylibeda block had reached Kherkatta Parlakot reservoir on Sunday for vacation. An officer's expensive mobile phone fell in water filled up to 15 feet on the over bridge of Kherkatta Pearlkot Reservoir. The officer first engaged the nearby villagers in searching for the mobile. Good swimmers landed. But it only failed, after which a discussion was held with the irrigation department officials to remove the phone. After that, a 30 HP capacity pump was installed and the water in the reservoir was pumped out. The pump was running for the last three days to draw water.
However, as the matter of continuous pumping of water from the reservoir reached the top, officials of the Irrigation Department rushed to the spot and immediately the pump was stopped.
After that, when searched again, the mobile phone was found, but it was damaged. According to estimates, around 21 lakh liters of water was wasted due to two diesel pumps of 30 horsepower machines for 24 consecutive hours from last Monday to Thursday. This water was enough to irrigate one and a half thousand acres of land. What was in that officer's mobile phone? For which the water used for irrigation was wasted to such an extent, the question is now being asked.
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