Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday hailed the Supreme Court decision on a 2004 presidential reference on sharing of the Sutlej-Yamuna rivers water and congratulated the people of the state saying that the decision paved the way for bringing Haryana’s legitimate share of 3.5 million acre feet (MAF) from surplus Ravi-Beas water to its parched lands through the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal.
The apex court has held the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004, as unconstitutional and decided all the four issues of the presidential reference in favour of Haryana.
Khattar complimented the battery of lawyers engaged by the state even as he bemoaned the fact that previous state governments had even failed to get a constitutional bench constituted for the hearing on the reference for more than 11 years.
He said this was a gift to the people of Haryana in the golden jubilee year of the state. He said the BJP government was committed to bring Haryana’s share of surplus Ravi-Beas waters for dry, arid regions of southern Haryana. Once water starts flowing in the SYL canal, it would ensure more equitable distribution of water in the state, he added.
Khattar said the apex court had given its decision on this vital issue after 12 years as a result of persistent efforts made by the present state government.