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Haryana opposition parties reject Centre’s alternative on SYL

Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the Supreme Court order has attained finality and there is no other option with Punjab but to complete the canal construction.

punjab Updated: Sep 11, 2017 19:56 IST
HT Correspondent
Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda  (L); and Abhay Singh Chautala, the leader of Opposition in Haryana assembly.
Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda (L); and Abhay Singh Chautala, the leader of Opposition in Haryana assembly. (HT Photos)

The Centre’s efforts to settle the contentious issue of completion of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal by offering an alternative plan have not gone down well with the opposition parties in Haryana.

The options the Centre suggested included giving up the demand for construction of the SYL canal by Haryana and instead make the Hansi Butana Bhakra mainline link canal functional under the management and supervision of an independent agency like the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB).

The Centre also suggested that 1,000 cusecs additional water can be released to Haryana from by Punjab. A draft affidavit in this regard was prepared by the Union ministry of water resources but could not be submitted in the Supreme Court as Haryana expressed reservations.

Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the Supreme Court order has attained finality and there is no other option with Punjab but to complete the canal construction.

“The issue of the Hansi Butana link canal cannot be linked with the SYL canal completion. We will never accept the Centre’s proposal,’’ Hooda said. The Congress leader said if the BJP government in Haryana succumbs to the proposal it will harm the interests of the state.

The Hansi Butana link canal was built to carry Haryana’s share of Ravi-Beas waters from the Bhakra command to the Western Jamuna canal and lift command. Its operation has been stayed by the Supreme Court.

Leader of the Opposition in Haryana assembly, Abhay Singh Chautala said their party, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), would launch a massive agitation if the Haryana government agrees to the Centre’s proposal.

“We will never let this happen at any cost. This will be gross injustice to the people of Haryana. We will never tolerate this. How can the central and the state governments refuse to comply with the orders of the Supreme Court?’’ he said.