Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday asserted that water-deficit Haryana alone should not be banked upon for meeting the water needs of Delhi, saying other states too should also come forward
and pitch in with their contribution in this regard.
The chief minister, who was speaking at the meeting of the governing council of Niti Aayog in New Delhi, said, "Waters of the inter-state rivers should be declared national property and we should aim to achieve the national goals by putting aside inter-state disputes".
Haryana is a water-deficit state with respect to surface and ground water resources. The ground water level in the state, particularly in the fresh water zone, is depleting fast due to heavy exploitation. In order to conserve water, Haryana has taken multi-pronged initiatives in accordance with the Pardhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana.
He said that district irrigation plans are proposed to be prepared on a pilot basis in four districts in 2015-16. "Haryana is also committed to fulfilling the legitimate expectations of the farmers and people of Haryana regarding provision of adequate water through early completion of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal and the Hansi-Butana canal," he added.
"The state government is shortly going to mention this matter before the honourable Supreme Court for early hearing and adjudication of the Presidential reference on the unilateral abrogation of the Tripartite Water Settlement of 1974. The Haryana Government also intends to file a suit challenging the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004 passed by the Punjab assembly," he said.
"I am specifically raising this issue because the increasing demand of water of the national capital territory (NCT) of Delhi can be reasonably met only after fulfillment of the needs of the residents of Haryana", Khattar said.