Reiterating his appeal to the Supreme Court judges to take into account the ground realities before deciding the SYL issue, Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday said the Marathwada water crisis must come as a warning signal for Punjab.
“It won’t be long before barren lands and parched throats would start staring at us like those in the Marathwada region in Maharashtra if the Supreme Court does not take a considerate and logical decision on the matter,” Amarinder said in a statement here.
He maintained that the water level in the rivers had gone down considerably from 15.8 million acre feet (MAF) in 1955 to 13 MAF now. “Given the fact that there was virtually no or less snowfall in the hills this year, the water level will further recede in the rivers and reservoirs and we may have an imminent drinking water crisis in the state,” he said.
He also expressed sympathies with the people of Marathwada over the severe water crisis there.