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SYL canal issue: Punjab demands fresh tribunal

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday demanded a fresh tribunal on vexed Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue.

india Updated: May 23, 2003 10:43 IST

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday demanded a fresh tribunal on vexed Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a seminar here, Singh said that terms and references of the Eradi Tribunal dated 30 years back when both Punjab and Haryana were treated as one river basin.

"Haryana is getting 5.56 MAF and 1.9 MAF more is coming to it, then where does the logic of giving it water from a defecit basin (Punjab) stand," he said.

He said that he had met Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani in New Delhi recently and taken up this issue (SYL) with him. "I told him (Advani) that this (SYL) has to be decided taking today's situation into consideration."

Asked to comment on Union Minister of state for Rural Development Annasaheb M K Patil's remarks at a press conference here yesterday that Punjab was underutilising central grants, Singh rubbished the claim saying, "he (Patil) is talking bull".

"In the last one year we have spent more on rural development than during five years of Akali rule put together. I have asked Mrs Bhattal (state's agriculture minister) to release figures in this regard".