Punjab will burn and the state’s water-sharing dispute with Haryana will remodel right into a nationwide safety downside if the Satluj-Yamuna Link Canal is accomplished, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh warned the Centre on Tuesday at a digital assembly, which was additionally attended by Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
“You have to look at the issue from the national security perspective. If you decide to go ahead with SYL, Punjab will burn and it will become a national problem, with Haryana and Rajasthan also suffering the impact,” Mr Singh mentioned on the assembly, which he described as “positive and cordial”.
The water dispute had began in 1966 when Punjab and Haryana states got here into existence. Haryana had demanded a big chunk of river water which Punjab refused to offer, contending it did not have surplus water. The Indira Gandhi authorities in 1975, by the use of an govt order, had divided the water between the 2 states and commissioned the canal to facilitate sharing.
In 1982, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had began the development of the canal. The Shiromani Akali Dal had launched a large agitation towards it. In 1985, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had met SAD chief Harchand Singh Longowal and signed an accord for a brand new tribunal. Mr Longowal was killed by militants lower than a month of signing the accord.
In 1990, a chief engineer ML Sekhri and a Superintending Engineer Avtar Singh Aulakh – each linked to the canal – had been killed by militants.
The assembly at present was held on the instructions of the Supreme Court, which requested the 2 chief ministers final month to debate the completion of the SYL canal, which is within the works for a number of many years.
At the assembly, Mr Singh reiterated his demand for a tribunal to make a recent time-bound evaluation of the water availability, at the same time as he sought full share of water for his state from the overall useful resource accessible, together with from River Yamuna.
He, nonetheless, mentioned that he was prepared to take a seat and focus on the difficulty together with his Haryana counterpart.
“Why would I not agree to give water if we had it,” he mentioned on the assembly.
According to a Punjab authorities assertion, Mr Shekhawat was of the view that the canal needs to be accomplished whereas discussions to resolve the water dispute proceed.
Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar later instructed the reporters that the 2 states will meet in Chandigarh for additional talks on the difficulty.