SYL canal dispute: Amarinder makes it clear — will sacrifice life, not water; Khattar says no one can stop our share

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |

Published: February 27, 2020 9:18:05 pm

In an obvious reference to the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal dispute with Haryana, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on Wednesday informed the state Assembly that he’s prepared to surrender his life quite than giving the state’s water to different states. In no time, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar responded to this comment by reiterating that no one can limit Haryana from getting its share of water by way of SYL canal because the Supreme Court has already given its determination in favour of his state.

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Punjab has been demanding reassessment of the water quantity of the Ravi-Beas river, whereas Haryana seeks completion of the SYL canal to get its share of the river water. The Supreme Court in September final 12 months had requested Centre, Punjab and Haryana to search out an amicable answer to the SYL canal concern in 4 months.

We do not have water to share: Capt

Winding up the dialogue on the Governor’s tackle within the ongoing Budget Session of the Punjab Assemby, Amarinder stated that his state does not have a drop of surplus water and, in keeping with internationally accepted riparian rules, it will not permit switch of water from basin to non-basin areas.

“We have said that we do not have water,” Amarinder stated within the House.

Expressing concern over the depleting groundwater desk, Punjab CM identified that the extent of rivers within the state had lowered from 17 million acre toes (MAF) to lower than 13 MAF. “Even if we have to sacrifice our lives, we will not give water to other states,” he asserted.

He stated his authorities has made each doable effort to attain this and will proceed to work for shielding the water rights of Punjab to make sure the livelihood of Punjab farmers and landless farm labourers.

‘None can stop Haryana from getting its share’

Asked to touch upon a press release given by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on SYL concern, Khattar stated: “I don’t know who will sacrifice his life, but no one can stop SYL water to Haryana. It is not in Punjab hand’s to decide Haryana’s share of water.”

He informed mediapersons that the one concern pending earlier than the apex courtroom was relating to the development of SYL canal for getting water to Haryana. ”No one can limit Haryana from getting its share of water by way of the SYL because the Supreme Court has already given its determination in favour of Haryana that the state has its reliable share within the canal water,” Khattar stated.

He stated an all-party delegation led by him had additionally met then Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and requested him for early completion of the canal.

“Whether any central agency will construct the SYL canal or some other mechanism would be devised to carry water to Haryana from Punjab will be decided by the Supreme Court,” stated Khattar.

Speaking on the problem, former Haryana CM Bhupinder Hooda stated that they’d take every drop of their share from the canal water. “We are with the Haryana government on this issue,” he stated.

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