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Punjab Will not be In a position to Share Water with Different States, Says State Congress Chief Sunil Jakhar

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File picture of Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar. The Congress authorities led by Amarinder Singh had by no means shirked its humanitarian accountability however the acute water disaster confronted by the state prevented it from sharing its water assets with […]

File photo of Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar.

File picture of Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar.

The Congress authorities led by Amarinder Singh had by no means shirked its humanitarian accountability however the acute water disaster confronted by the state prevented it from sharing its water assets with some other state, he stated.

  • PTI
  • Final Up to date: July 28, 2020, 11:41 PM IST

Punjab will be unable to share its restricted water useful resource with different states, stated state Congress chief Sunil Jakhar on Tuesday, asserting that its first accountability is in the direction of its personal individuals, notably farmers. Jakhar was reacting to the BJP’s Haryana unit president O P Dhankar’s remarks over the Sutlej Yamuna Hyperlink canal situation that Punjab owed it to Haryana’s farmers to present them their due.

Political will cannot supersede the curiosity of Punjab’s individuals, Jakhar stated in a press release. The Congress authorities led by Amarinder Singh had by no means shirked its humanitarian accountability however the acute water disaster confronted by the state prevented it from sharing its water assets with some other state, he stated.

The Punjab Congress president stated as per the riparian precept, it was Punjab and its farmers who had the primary proper on waters of rivers flowing by means of the state. Any violation of the riparian precept wouldn’t solely be towards the regulation but additionally unjust to individuals of Punjab, he added.

Mentioning that the CM had been repeatedly asking for a recent evaluation of Punjab’s water availability in Beas and Ravi rivers, Jakhar stated such a reassessment would make the bottom scenario clear and would endorse Punjab’s stand on the SYL situation. Whereas the Punjab authorities had no objections to a negotiated settlement on the problem, any dialogue must keep in mind the scenario on the bottom, he stated.

SYL has been a contentious situation between Punjab and Haryana. Punjab has been demanding a reassessment of the Ravi-Beas river waters’ quantity whereas Haryana has been searching for completion of the SYL canal to get its share of three.5 million acre-feet of the river waters.


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