SYL canal row: Haryana CM ML Khattar set to meet PM Modi

RSTV Bureau

Manohar-Lal-KhattarHaryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is set to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal water issue.

“The issue related to the SYL will be on the top of the agenda when Khattar meets PM Modi,” an official spokesman said here this evening.

Khattar believes the apex court’s ruling on the SYL canal and sharing of Ravi-Beas water should be implemented and the state should get its rightful share.

Khattar said Haryana has submitted memoranda to President Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister Rajnath Singh about Haryana’s rightful share of water, which has been decided as per agreement.

Asserting that the Supreme Court had ruled in the state’s favour, Khattar told reporters here that, “Haryana should get its rightful share of water.”

Haryana government has urged the Centre to get the incomplete part of the SYL canal constructed at the earliest, and, also ensure implementation of the final verdict of the Supreme Court in this matter.

On Friday, state chief secretary DS Dhesi met the secretary of the Water Resources ministry in New Delhi and presented the Haryana’s case on the issue.

Interestingly, Punjab too had urged the Narendra Modi government to intervene in the SYL issue to save the state from an “ecological disaster”, after it apprised the Centre of the “critical water situation” it was grappling with and its inability to share waters with the neighbouring states.

Punjab and Haryana are locked in the dispute over sharing of Ravi-Beas waters for decades. While Haryana wants its share, as was decided when the state was carved out of Punjab along with Himachal Pradesh 50 years ago, successive Punjab governments have refused to share water.

The dispute on the SYL canal is currently pending in the Supreme Court where the case will come up again for hearing on April 27.

During the last hearing, the Centre had sought deferment in view of the April 20 meeting convened by it to resolve the issue festering between the two states.

The new Punjab government has also sought time from the Supreme Court to prepare its case.

(With inputs from PTI)