Punjab should honour SYL pact, want amicable solution to inter-state disputes: Khattar
The Haryana chief minister said that thousands of villages and millions of hectares of land in Haryana were parched as Punjab was not releasing water as per the agreements.punjab Updated: May 12, 2017 14:33 IST
Asking Punjab to honour and implement water-sharing agreements, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday said that the state BJP government wanted to settle every contentious inter-state issue amicably.
“Our faith in the Constitution of India is full and unflinching. We will never hesitate in taking legal recourse to safeguard our interests and to protect the rights of the residents of the state,” the chief minister said in his address during the Northern Zonal Council (NZC) meeting, chaired by union home minister Rajnath Singh here.
The inter-state water sharing dispute with Punjab dominated Khattar’s discourse who used the opportunity to send a message across that Haryana will explore every option to safeguard its interests.
The chief minister said that thousands of villages and millions of hectares of land in Haryana were parched as Punjab was not releasing water as per the agreements.
“Haryana is a water-stressed state as against the demand of 36 MAF water, only 14.7 MAF water is available. We have to give, out of our share in the Yamuna waters, extra water to Delhi as per the apex court’s orders even as Punjab is not delivering Haryana’s full share of the Ravi-Beas water,” Khattar said, raising the long-standing Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal dispute with neighbouring Punjab.
Khattar invited Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to participate in the Saraswati rejuvenation project, a government spokesperson said.
Urging the Centre to speed up the construction of Renuka, Kishau and Lakhwar-Vyasi dams on the Yamuna, he said it was a matter of national concern that even after the signing the Indus Water Treaty in 1960, more than 3 MAF of water is being allowed to flow into Pakistan.
“We are not in agreement with the Punjab government on their proposal of exclusive investment in the Bhakra Main Line Canal and of exclusive utilisation of the electricity generated there by Punjab,” he said.
Expressing hope that the talks will help evolve a consensus on inter-state and Centre-state issues, Khattar said: “I am sure we will not lose sight of the important aspect of promotion of cooperative federalism.”
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Khattar urged Rajnath Singh to recommend to the Centre and the National Capital Region (NCR) Planning Board to provide liberal assistance to the state’s efforts to enhance agricultural productivity and to upgrade agricultural marketing infrastructure in the region.