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Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Capt Amarinder Singh-Manohar Lal Khattar meet on Sutlej-Yamuna Link today

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh will be holding a meeting with his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar tomorrow to work out a solution for the implementation of the Supreme Court's January 15, 2002, and June 4, 2004, orders to complete the remaining portion of the Sutlej-Yamuna link (SYL) canal.

Union Water Resources Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat will also be participating in the meeting, which will be held through video-conferencing.

The meeting has been convened on the directions of the apex court dated July 28. Punjab has been demanding real-time assessment of the water availability in its rivers that has drastically reduced over the years. The Congress government has been stating that the level of rivers in the state has reduced from 17 million acre feet (MAF) to less than 13 MAF.

In January this year, Capt Amarinder had convened an all-party meeting on the issue of state's critical water situation and the need to reassess the water availability. It was unanimously resolved that the Union Government should ensure that the river water was not in any way transferred from basin to non-basin areas of the state's three rivers.

All parties had unanimously demanded suitable amendments to the proposed Inter-State River Water Disputes Act to set up a new tribunal to ensure that Punjab got adequate water "in a just and equitable manner in keeping with its total demand and securing livelihood of the future generations," an official statement said.

The resolution had read: "Punjab does not have surplus water and is facing a threat of desertification with reduced availability of its river water and fast depleting groundwater. The state's groundwater that meets 73 per cent of its irrigation requirements has declined to alarming levels, threatening the livelihood of farmers and other poor people."

Punjab wants review of water availability

Punjab has been demanding real-time assessment of the water availability in its rivers that has drastically reduced over the years. The Congress government has been stating that the level of rivers in the state has reduced from 17 million acre feet (MAF) to less than 13 MAF.



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