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Inter-state water disputes can’t be decided in isolation: Hooda

Hours after Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil raised the issues of inter-state water dispute and demanded that Chandigarh be transferred to Punjab,Haryana Chief Minister hit back saying his state is not prepared to part with its share of water.

Hours after Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil raised the issues of inter-state water dispute and demanded that Chandigarh be transferred to Punjab,Haryana Chief Minister hit back saying his state is not prepared to part with its share of water.

Maintaining that inter-state water disputes cannot be decided in isolation,Hooda said,“We are not prepared to part with even a single drop of our share of water.”

Patil had raised the issue of inter-state water dispute saying “Riparian Principle has been violated only in the case of Punjab”.

However,Hooda said it was not the question of Riparian Principle as mentioned by Punjab Governor.

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“Earlier,both Punjab and Haryana used to be one state. The issue of water in such cases is resolved on the basis of co-basin. Haryana forms a co-basin as the rivers Sutlej,Ravi and Beas are the tributaries of Indus river,” he said.

In reply to a question,Hooda said that earlier he had “offered Punjab to settle these inter-state issues through dialogue and the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had responded in a positive way,but the Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal was not prepared”.

“As both of them had divergent views on his offer for a solution through dialogue,they should first themselves decide as to who is right,” he said.

Hooda urged the Centre to get the seven-year-old issue of presidential reference on Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal resolved expeditiously.

When a reporter asked Hooda if he would send a written communication to Punjab to initiate the dialogue,Hooda said he has already made an offer to Punjab and there should be dialogue.

In 2004,the Punjab Assembly had terminated water-sharing agreement with the neighbouring states and the matter is pending before the Apex Court. The President had referred the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act,2004 for opinion to the Apex Court by a reference of July 22,2004.

The legislation passed by Punjab terminated all agreements relating to the Ravi-Beas waters,including the agreement of 1981 signed by chief ministers of Punjab,Haryana and Rajasthan.

Haryana has been maintaining that it was unable to fetch its share of 3.5 million acre feet (MAF) of Ravi-Beas water due to non-construction of SYL canal.

At present,only 1.62 MAF water is being transported to Haryana through the existing Bhakra Main Line.

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