The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday criticised the governments over the Kajauli Water Works issue saying that enough is enough,and fixed the final hearing on April 30. The Chandigarh Administration blamed its parent states,Punjab and Haryana,for losing out on its share of water.
During the resumed hearing of a petition pertaining to Kajauli Water Works,administrations Senior Standing Counsel Sanjay Kaushal stated that Chandigarh was suffering because of the ongoing dispute between Punjab and Haryana.
Earlier,the Punjab government had refused to share water with Chandigarh in the fifth and sixth phases of the Water Supply Scheme. Making it clear that the Punjab government would lay lines for Phases V and VI of the Kajauli Water Works project,Punjab had said that it would allow itself to become a poor cousin of Chandigarh.
Punjab had argued that Chandigarh had a surplus of nine million gallons daily (MGD) as compared to the requirement of 58 MGD. It was argued that Punjab was suffering from a deficit of 10 MGD. The requirement is 23 MGD and the state receives 13 MGD.
The development took place during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a local resident,Kuljit Singh Bedi. Haryana had also accused Punjab of finalising the issue on water share without taking it into confidence.
The case will come up for final arguments on April 30.