Haryana Chief Minister,Bhupinder Singh Hooda today expressed surprise at Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badals statement in the Vidhan Sabha that Haryana was demanding more water for the Hansi Butana link channel but Punjab did not have a drop to spare. Hooda said it was a fact that out of 3.5 MAF water in the share of Haryana out of Ravi-Beas waters,Punjab was allowing only 1.62 MAF and was misappropriating the rest. However,for this channel Haryana was going to use 0.8 MAF out of the 1.62 MAF already coming to the state. He said even Punjab had acknowledged this fact.
The CM said that the Punjab Chief Minister had not been briefed properly by his officers as a result of which he had made the statement that they did not have water to spare for this channel. The water flowing in this channel was already being received by Haryana and it was designed only to make equitable distribution of this water within Haryana so that the parched and arid areas of southern Haryana could be given some relief. Hooda said that the channel costing Rs 392 crore was complete .