Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said that he expects the controversial Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue will be solved through discussions between Punjab and Haryana, within the timeframe set by the Supreme Court. He explained that the two nations were engaged in dialogue and lots of rounds of discussions have already occurred. .
Mr Singh said that the two nations will take the practice of dialogue further and resolved the issue within the four-month interval determined by the Supreme Court, Mr Singh said in response to a query.
On September 3, the Supreme Court had awarded four months to Punjab, Haryana and the Centre to locate a solution to the SYL canal issue. In the previous hearing in July, the top court had asked the Chief Ministers of the nations to form committee to resolve the problem with the Centre’s mediation.
Mr Singh has maintained that Punjab would have no difficulty in sharing water if it had enough of this very important resource.
However, the meetings between officials of Punjab and Haryana governments on SYL canal issue remained inconclusive with both countries sticking to their own stands.
Punjab has stated that the quantity of water flowing through Ravi and Beas rivers had come down considerably and therefore it hunted the oceans’ volume.
Haryana has been requesting for completion of the SYL canal to receive its share of 3.5 million acre feet of the river waters. Presently, it’s getting 1.62 million acre feet (MAF) of Ravi-Beas waters.