Independent MLA from Ateli, Naresh Yadav, today called for an all-party meeting in the state to sort out the SYL canal water issue with Punjab. Addressing mediapersons, Yadav said the Lok Sabha must pass a resolution to call back the SYL canal water case from the Supreme Court. “I am ready to launch a do-or-die battle for the water issue,’’ he said.
Yadav said that though the Congress government had taken the initiative of constructing the multi-purpose Hansi-Butana link canal, the rigid stand taken by Punjab had deprived the people of water from the link canal.
The legislator said that he, along with hundreds of villagers facing water shortage, had undertaken a 260 km march on foot from November 1, and covered the southern districts of the state before submitting a memorandum to the President, in Delhi on November 14.
Yadav said large parts in Haryana’s southern belt were facing acute water shortage, with water table alarmingly low in some areas. He claimed that at places, people even have to pay money to purchase water. “The situation has worsened in the last decade. There are over 300 villages in Mahendergarh district where water level has dropped to 700-1200 feet.”
These included villages in Rewari, Gurgaon and Jhajjar districts, he said. Yadav said that the delay in the completion of the SYL canal is taking its toll on the people. “It is high time that political parties sink their differences and come together to ensure that water from SYL flows at the earliest. We must also prevail on Punjab to get water from Bhakra,” he said.