SYL meet: Punjab does not have a single drop of water to share with Haryana, says CM Bhagwant Mann
Chandigarh, January 4
Strongly presenting the case of Punjab earlier than the Authorities of India on the Satluj-Yamuna Hyperlink (SYL) canal, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday categorically mentioned that the state doesn’t have a single drop of water to share with Haryana.
“Greater than 78 per cent of our 150 blocks are in excessive darkish zone because of depletion of groundwater desk, so Punjab can’t afford to share its water with another state”, mentioned the Chief Minister after a gathering together with his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khatar, within the presence of Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
The Chief Minister mentioned that at time when this anti-Punjab settlement for the canal was inked, the state was getting 18.56 MAF of water which has now been decreased to 12.63 MAF. He mentioned that now we don’t have any surplus water to share with any state. Mann mentioned Haryana is at the moment getting 14.10 MAF of water from the Satluj, the Yamuna and different rivulets, whereas Punjab is getting solely 12.63 MAF.
Batting for altering the nomenclature and proposal of the challenge, the Chief Minister mentioned as a substitute of Satluj-Yamuna Hyperlink (SYL) canal, the challenge ought to be now conceived as Yamuna-Satluj Hyperlink (YSL). He mentioned the Satluj river has already dried up and there’s no query of sharing even a single drop of water from it. Moderately, Bhagwant Mann mentioned, water from the Ganga and the Yamuna ought to be provided to Punjab by the Satluj river.
The Chief Minister mentioned that that is the one viable various which might be thought-about in wake of the alarming scenario of water shortage within the state. He mentioned that regardless of being smaller in space, Haryana is getting extra water than Punjab and, sarcastically, it’s demanding extra water at the price of Punjab. “How can we give water to Haryana if our personal fields are ravenous for it? Mann requested.
The Chief Minister mentioned that the Union Authorities has not issued even a single penny for the rejuvenation of the canal system because of which farmers are struggling. Mann mentioned that there are 14 lakh tubewells within the state that are pumping water often to fulfil the irrigation wants of the state and make the nation self-sufficient in meals manufacturing.
Mann mentioned that it’s ironic that because of availability of surplus water, the Haryana Authorities is now encouraging the sowing of paddy within the state. Then again, he mentioned, Punjab, which is battling to save lots of water within the state, is interesting to farmers to undertake much less water-guzzling crops. Mann mentioned that although farmers of the state have made the nation self-reliant by producing report paddy, they’ve over-exploited the one obtainable pure useful resource of the state by way of water.
The Chief Minister bemoaned that in all of the water agreements throughout the globe, a clause is talked about that the settlement might be reviewed after 25 years in wake of local weather adjustments. Nonetheless, he mentioned that the SYL Settlement is the one exception by which no such clause has been talked about. Mann mentioned that gross injustice has been accomplished to Punjab. He mentioned the then Central Authorities and management of Punjab was liable for this sin.
Coaching his weapons on the Congress and the Akalis, the Chief Minister alleged that each these events have connived with one another to hatch conspiracy in opposition to Punjab and Punjabis. Bhagwant Mann mentioned that as Chief Minister, Akali chief Parkash Singh Badal had allowed survey of the canal to appease his pal and Haryana chief Devi Lal.
Equally, the Chief Minister mentioned that scion of Patiala royal household and former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who was Member of Parliament at the moment, had welcomed the then Prime Minister for ground-breaking of this sinister transfer. He mentioned that because the survey until now, each step of those leaders speaks volumes of their treachery in opposition to Punjab and its individuals. Mann mentioned that it’s ironic that these individuals who had hailed this determination are actually providing recommendation to him.
The Chief Minister mentioned that the state authorities will defend the pursuits of the state earlier than the Apex courtroom, too. He mentioned that no stone might be left unturned for safeguarding the rights of the state.
Mann mentioned that the Haryana is the youthful brother of state however Punjab has no extra water to share with it.