March 11, 2016 3:09:31 am
THE PUNJAB government Thursday said it would denotify the land acquired for the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal project and hand it back to the owners.
The announcement comes amid hearings in Supreme Court into presidential reference on legality of Punjab Termination of Agreements Act 2004. The Centre has taken a pro-Haryana stance in court.
“Na rahega baans na bajegi baansuri,” said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on the floor of the House as he moved a resolution to oppose the “discrimination” of Punjab on river waters, especially regarding construction of SYL canal. A bill to denotify the acquired land in question is likely to be tabled in the ongoing budget session.
The land acquisition for the canal began in 1980 and continued for some years. More than 5,000 acres of land was acquired for the 122-km canal stretch.
SAD general secretary Harcharan Bains said the land would be returned to farmers after de-notification.
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