The Punjab unit of the Congress on Wednesday urged the Parkash Singh Badal government to oppose any attempt by Haryana to seek annulment of the Termination of Agreements Act 2004 in the Supreme Court.
“As we are aware that the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government in Haryana has declared to file a fresh suit in the Supreme Court to seek annulment of the Act and early hearing of the Presidential Reference pending in the apex court, we seek efforts from the Badal government to oppose any such move,” Punjab Congress spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira said in a statement here.
Khaira pointed out that then Capt Amarinder Singh government had passed the Termination of Agreements Act 2004 in the Vidhan Sabha to thwart any attempt by Haryana for completion of the Sutlej Yamuna link (SYL) canal.
“The act was passed after a prolonged legal battle that arose from the unfair allocation of 3.5 million acre feet (MAF) of our waters to Haryana by the central government in 1976,” he said.
The Khattar government, emboldened by the SC judgment on the Mulla
periyar dam dispute between Kerala and Tamil Nadu, has decided to seek annulment of the Punjab act, Khaira added.
“Our (Punjab’s) agrarian economy is 100% dependent on river waters and the groundwater table. A Nasa report indicates a sharp decline in the groundwater in Punjab, one metre every three years,” he said, stressing that Punjab faced an emergent situation where it must protect its water resources under the riparian laws.