- Kali Bein originates from Dhanoa village in Hoshiarpur district
- Minister directed officials to install conveyor belt on the rivulet
- Sewage water has left rivulet in a "pitiable condition": Minister
Kapurthala: Punjab minister Rana Gurjit Singh has directed the officials of the Irrigation and Drainage department to rid the holy Kali Bein rivulet here of water hyacinth and underwater vegetation within three months.
The minister, along with Irrigation and Drainage and Local Administration officials, inspected the condition of the rivulet at the Kanjali picnic spot on July 24.
Later, Mr Singh told reporters that sewage water flowing into the rivulet for years had left it in a “pitiable condition”.
He directed the officials to rid the waterbody of hyacinth and underwater vegetation within three months.
He also instructed the Irrigation and Drainage department to install a conveyor belt at the barrage of the rivulet, which would help in removing the hyacinth.
Mr Singh lashed out at the previous Akali-BJP government in Punjab for “not making any efforts” to clean the Kali Bein and stop the sewage water flowing into it.
He said the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government was committed to cleaning the holy rivulet and stopping the sewage flow into it by 2019, to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.
The Sikh guru spent over 14 years of his life at Sultanpur Lodhi, located on the south bank of the rivulet, and bathed daily in it during the period.
The Kali Bein originates from Dhanoa village in Hoshiarpur district.