Punjab Chief Secretary directs to certify inundated agriculture land in the state
10 March 2023, Chandigarh: Realising the direction of the Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal to identify the inundated agriculture land and prepare schemes to deal with the problem of floods or stagnant water before the sowing season commences, the Chief Secretary, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal convened a meeting of senior officers of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and Irrigation and Water Resources Departments here today.
The Chief Secretary set a timeline for the completion of mapping of such areas in the state. He directed the officers to get the certification of inundated land by the Agriculture and Irrigation Department twice in a year i.e. by May 15 and October 31 every year.
The Certification of inundated land means “the process of assessing and documenting the extent to which a particular piece of land is subject to flooding or other forms of inundation. The process typically involves a site inspection by a qualified professional, such as a hydrologist or civil engineer, who will assess the topography of the land, its proximity to water sources, and other factors that may influence its susceptibility to flooding or other forms of inundation. The results of this assessment will then be documented in a report or other form of certification that can be used to inform decision-making related to land use and development”.
Mr. Kaushal also directed the officers to assess the areas, where groundwater rises to the surface, in the state. He further directed the officers to regularly keep a vigil on the problem of water logging arising due to the natural disasters like heavy rains and flash floods. The meeting was called as a follow up of the review meeting held by the Chief Minister to review public grievances received by way of CM window.
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