Battle over water heats up between Punjab and Haryana
The war over water between Punjab and Haryana has now become nasty. Now according to media reports Punjab has decided to defy a Supreme Court order in its clash with Haryana over sharing water through the Sutlej-Yamuna link.
The Punjab assembly passed a resolution moved by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, which said that it “would not abide by any order against its interests on water.”
The Supreme Court had in its order stopped Punjab from returning till March 30 nearly 4000 acres of land acquired for the Sutlej-Yamuna canal to farmers.
The SC order came at a time when the Punjab government had begun the process of denotifying land acquired for the project in the state and started filling up the canal to return land to farmers.
Haryana objected to the development saying Punjab cannot unilaterally decide on such issues.
Further escalating the dispute , Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had said that the state has no water to share, adding that the water crisis has occurred because the Riparian Act was not followed in the case of Punjab.
Badal’s comment came a day after the Government of Haryana returned a cheque for Rs.191.75 crore to the Punjab Government following its refusal to accept poll-bound Punjab’s push to pass a bill to return the land acquired for the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal.