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Punjab and Haryana chief ministers to discuss Sutlej-Yamuna link issue on October 14

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New Delhi: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his Punjab counterpart Bhagwant Mann will meet to discuss the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue on October 14.

The discussion between the two chief ministers has been scheduled after the Supreme Court recently urged them to meet and try to find an amicable solution.

“We will try to find a way to solve the problem,” Khattar told reporters on Tuesday.

Last month, he said SYL water was crucial for Haryana.

“On one hand, we are not getting this water, while on the other, Delhi is asking us for more water. Setting a deadline to solve this problem at the earliest has become very essential,” he had said.

In Punjab, opposition parties had recently called on Mann to champion the state’s case on the issue.

The sharing of water from the SYL Canal has been a bone of contention between the two states for several decades.

Punjab demanded a reassessment of the volume of waters of the Ravi-Beas River while Haryana demanded the completion of the SYL canal to get its 3.5 million acre-feet share of the river’s waters.

The Center had on September 6 informed the Supreme Court that the Punjab government was “not cooperating” to resolve the dispute.

Then-Attorney General KK Venugopal, representing the Center, told the judiciary that the Supreme Court in 2017 called for an out-of-court settlement and was trying to put the two states on an equal footing. wave through its Ministry of Water Resources.

“Unfortunately, Punjab has not cooperated,” the top legal official had said.

However, the Punjab lawyer had told a court led by Judge SK Kaul last month that the state government was very keen to resolve the matter out of court.

Although official-level talks between the two states are ongoing, the Center insisted on meetings between the two chief ministers.

Venugopal had said the bench could direct the Punjab council to ensure the chief minister participates in talks with his Haryana counterpart.

“The Attorney General rightly points out that the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana were and are bound to meet and it is agreed before us by the attorneys present that such a meeting will be held during this month- here,” the bench said.

After the separation of Haryana and Punjab in 1966, Haryana was allocated 3.5 million acre-feet (MAF) of water from Punjab’s 7.2 undivided MAF of water from 15.85 MAF discharging into the Ravi and Beas rivers, as assessed in 1955.

In 1982, a 214 km canal, 122 km in Punjab and 92 in Haryana, called the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal, was launched to supply Haryana with its quota of 3.5 million acre-feet of water from Ravi and Beas rivers.

However, Punjab has claimed all water based on the Riparian Law, which states that water in a river belongs first to the state through which it flows. The issue was rather sensitive in the state and sparked violence in the 80s and 90s.

With PTI entries.

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