Welcoming the Supreme Court’s verdict to declare as unconstitutional Punjab’s decision in 2014 to terminate the SYL canal water-sharing agreement, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Thursday urged political parties in the neighbouring state to not give a political colour to the issue in view of the forthcoming assembly elections.
Khattar also said that the apex court’s verdict would pave the way for Haryana to obtain its “legitimate share” of 3.5 MAF (million acre feet) of surplus Ravi-Beas water through SYL.
Describing the verdict as “a gift to the people of Haryana” during the state’s golden jubilee year, Khattar said, “People have been eagerly waiting for this decision since long but they were kept waiting because of laxity by previous governments.”
Hoping that the verdict would be amicably implemented, Khattar urged political parties in Punjab to respect the Supreme Court’s decision.
Reacting to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh’s Badal’s statement that he would not allow even a single drop of SYL water to reach Haryana, Khattar said that such acts should not be advocated in the federal system and that Supreme Court’s decision should be accepted by parties “rising above politics”.
Khattar said that the apex court’s verdict would not affect Punjab’s interests and that Punjab and Rajasthan were already getting their share of water from Ravi-Beas while Haryana was deprived of its share.