The CM made the remarks at a digital assembly along with his Haryana counterpart and Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, held on the SC’s instructions to resolve the water dispute
Chandigarh: Opposing the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal at a gathering along with his Haryana counterpart, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday warned that it’s an emotive challenge in his state and “Punjab will burn” if requested to share water.
Meeting Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat by way of a video hyperlink, the Punjab chief minister argued that the SYL canal challenge could disturb nationwide safety.
Both states caught to their stands on the assembly convened on the instructions of the Supreme Court, which requested the Centre on 28 July to mediate between them on the a long time-previous challenge.
But the 2 CMs described the interplay, the primary such assembly between them on the SYL project, as “cordial” and agreed to speak once more.
Punjab is reluctant to share water with Haryana by way of the SYL canal project, saying it has nothing to spare. Amarinder Singh reiterated the necessity for a tribunal for a time-certain evaluation of river water availability.
“You have to look at the issue from the national security perspective,” he instructed Shekhawat, in keeping with a Punjab authorities assertion.
“If you decide to go ahead with SYL, Punjab will burn and it will become a national problem, with Haryana and Rajasthan also suffering the impact,” he added.
Shekhawat and Khattar joined the video convention from Delhi. Linking the SYL debate with nationwide safety, Singh stated Punjab remained in danger from all quarters.
He stated Pakistan was persevering with with makes an attempt to foment hassle and was making an attempt to revive the separatist motion by way of the banned Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) organisation. The water challenge could additional destabilise the state, he warned, in keeping with the assertion.
Singh nevertheless described the assembly as “amicable and cordial”.
Haryana CM Khattar hoped for an amicable resolution to the dispute. “We maintained our stand that the SYL should be constructed. The Supreme Court too has said that too,” he instructed reporters after the assembly.
SYL has been a contentious challenge between the 2 states with the Punjab portion of the canal nonetheless incomplete. The development started in 1982.
Punjab has been demanding reassessment of the Ravi-Beas river waters’ quantity whereas Haryana has been looking for completion of the SYL canal to get its share of three.5 million acre toes (MAF) of water.
Amarinder Singh claimed Punjab had a proper to Yamuna water, wherein it didn’t get a share on the time of 60:40 division of property with Haryana through the state’s division in 1966. He additionally expressed his willingness to sit down throughout the desk along with his Haryana counterpart to debate the “emotive” challenge.
Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat steered that the SYL could be accomplished whereas discussions on water sharing proceed for arriving at a ultimate method.
“The Punjab and Haryana CMs placed their viewpoints on the issue and we have decided to have another meeting soon,” he instructed reporters.
“At the next meeting, talks will be held from the point where we ended them today and whatever the outcome, we will apprise the Supreme Court about it,” he stated.
He referred to as the assembly cordial and optimistic.
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