Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday speaking during the sixth Governing Council meeting of the NITI Aayog, sought the Centre’s intervention to solve the long-pending Sutlej-Yamuna link canal issue with Punjab so that the state could get its share of river waters.
The NITI Aayog meeting was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video conferencing, where Khattar explained several steps being taken by his government for water conservation and also sought the Centre’s intervention in resolving the issue of the Hansi-Butana link canal.
He told the PM that several areas of the Haryana fell in the dark zone category due to depleting groundwater levels, therefore, if the Sutlej-Yamuna link and Hansi-Butana Link Canal issues are resolved, the problem of water scarcity in Haryana will be addressed.
The SYL canal has been a contentious issue between the two states since long as the Punjab portion of the canal is still incomplete, from the year of its construction, 1982.
On the other hand, Punjab has been demanding the reassessment of the Ravi-Beas river waters’ volume while Haryana has been seeking the completion of the SYL canal to get its share of 3.5 million acre feet (MAF).
Meanwhile, Khattar has on several occasions raised the issue as how Punjab was not even allowing linking of the Hansi-Butana canal with the Bhakra main line even though it did not involve drawing even a single drop of Punjab’s water by Haryana.