November 6, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Ludhiana, Punjab: Reacting to the Haryana government’s proposal to resume work on the controversial Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal, the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU), on November 05, said that farmers would stoutly defend the state’s rights under the riparian law.
BKU general secretary Puran Singh Shahkot and finance secretary Ajmer Singh Gill claimed that Haryana was already drawing more water than it was entitled. As a result, Punjab did not have sufficient water to meet its needs, they claimed.
The BKU leaders said the new Haryana government intended to resume construction on the canal.
Satluj Yamuna Link canal is a controversial project aimed at looting Punjab’s river water. It may be recalled that Haryana is a non-riparian state with respect to Punjab rivers and therefore it was not eligible to get any share of water from the rivers of Punjab. But Indian state made various extra-legal and extra-constitutional arrangements to allocate Punjab’s river water to non-riparian states of Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi.
SYL canal, as the name suggest, would link Satluj to Yamuna, and give 34 LAF more water to Haryana. According to Punjab’s ex-chief engineer G. S. Dhillon Haryana is already getting 18 LAF (out of 34 LAF) by additional discharge by Bhakhra Bias Management Board (BBMB) in Bhakhra Canal.
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