AAP should shun petty politics, release Haryana’s water share: Khattar
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi should shun petty politics over water and insist that its own government in Punjab releases Haryana’s share of 3.5 million acre foot of Ravi Beas waters by constructing the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal.
“Haryana is at present releasing more than 1,049 cusecs of water to Delhi. We cannot deprive our state of water and give Delhi more than their legitimate share. I promise that the day Punjab gives our legitimate share, we will increase Delhi’s current water share,” Khattar said at a press briefing.
He said on February 29, 1996, the Supreme Court had directed Haryana to provide an additional 330 cusecs of water per day to Delhi. Earlier, Delhi’s share in water was 719 cusecs per day.
“In compliance with these orders, Delhi is being given 1,049 cusecs of water every day. The Delhi government is now lying about the water issue, which is unfortunate,” Khattar said.
He added that the state had certainly faced power shortage of up to 1,800 MW this year due to non-availability of power from multiple sources and the onset of early summer.
“The electricity consumption has increased this year as compared to last year. At present, the demand for electricity is 700 to 800 lakh units more than last year,” he said.
Also, presently maximum demand of the state has reached 9,874 MW. Since May 16, we have been able to supply electricity equal to the consumption, he added.
The CM said the state has also started getting about 600 MW power from Adani Power Ltd. Also, by May 30, an additional 600 MW power is likely to be available from second unit of Khedar plant, he said.
With the increased availability, the supply schedule for AP subscribers will be increased to uninterrupted eight hours per day. This demand is likely to increase even more from June 1 as paddy cultivation would start and from June 15 the sowing of paddy will start.
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.