With 10 per cent cut in supply already in place,Punjab,Haryana and Rajasthan have refused to accept any further cut on water release by Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB),saying that present crop must be saved first.
The partnering states have not agreed to take further cuts on water, a BBMB official said here.
A 10 per cent cut on water release to partnering states was put in place on July 17 in the wake of deficient rain.
We did not agree to take further reduction in water supply … we want that present crop must get water … it should be saved first. So,we wanted the current water supply be maintained, Punjab Chief Engineer (Irrigation) Amarjit Singh Dullat said. He said during a meeting held on Wednesday,it was proposed to bring water supply down from 23,000 cusecs to 20,000 cusecs from Bhakra dam and 12,000 cusecs to 5,200 cusecs from Pong dam.
The water release by BBMB is used for irrigation of crops like paddy,cotton,maize,guar for three states.
Problems for farmers this year aggravated because of severe power shortage and poor rains. Farmers had expressed concern that reduction in water supply would cause hike in diesel cost,used to extract water for irrigating kharif crops.
The water level in Bhakra and Pong reservoirs has been abysmally low this year because of less rain and slow melting of snow.