UNWTO team holds discussions with authorities of the district administration in Patiala

With the approval of the Punjab Tourism Master Plan by the state government in November 2009, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has now embarked on a plan to implement the same in a specific time frame.

The Harike wetland, which came into existence in 1952 after the construction of a barrage on the confluence of the Sutlej and Beas rivers and was subsequently declared a bird sanctuary in 1982, has come under severe threat from the encroachers.

Kapurthala: Executive Engineer, Drainage Department, Gurdial Singh today claimed here that weeds had been removed from Kali Bein especially areas of Kanjali wetland and Subhanpur. After the removal of weeds, water level has receded by several fee and flow of water was restored.

Jangveer Singh
The Punjab Preservation of Sub Soil Water Act has led to rise in water table in north Punjab but also saved on electricity and resulted in reduction in power subsidy figures.

The Act, which prohibits sowing of paddy nursery before May 10 and its transplantation before June 10, was implemented last year.

Kapurthala: The recently-installed model of India

This year during monsoon, all the North Indian states, except Himachal Pradesh, have already received above-normal rainfall, and the monsoon is still continuing. Due to this heavy downpour, a large area (including urban and agricultural) of Punjab has been flooded. It is a well-known fact that floods are created only when the run-off water does not find any way to drain from the region.

His ochre robes and saint-like demeanour make him look like one of the ubiquitous dera godmen in the Punjab countryside. But this baba stands apart.