‘No compromise on river water’

A day after Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the state will fight to the last to secure every drop of its share of water with Punjab,the SAD on Monday reiterated that there can be no compromise on the riparian principle on river waters of the state.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 9, 2014 4:08 pm

A day after Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the state will fight to the last to secure every drop of its share of water with Punjab,the SAD on Monday reiterated that there can be no compromise on the riparian principle on river waters of the state.

On Sunday,Hooda had said in Rohtak: “Water is our first and topmost priority and we will fight to the last to get every drop of our share. We are engaged in the task of getting our share and will accomplish it…”

SAD,however,dismissed Hooda’s statement as “of no consequence and just playing to the gallery ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections and Lok Sabha polls”.

“Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,the Punjab government and the party have always maintained that issue of river waters have to be resolved as per nationally and internationally accepted riparian principle,” Punjab CM’s advisor on national affairs,H S Bains,said.

He added: “This principle has never been violated while settling river disputes in the country. There is no valid,logical or constitutional reason why this should be flouted only in the case of rivers flowing through Punjab.

“The state has already paid a heavy price for the excesses committed in this regard by successive Congress governments at the Centre,Delhi and Punjab on river water disputes.” Bains also warned that any mischief on the part of the neighbouring state could result in grave consequences.

Under the riparian principle,all landowners whose property is adjacent to a water body have the right to make reasonable use of it. Haryana is a non-riparian state to the rivers of Punjab.

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