Chandigarh: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday dubbed the unanimous resolution adopted by the state assembly to say “no” to river water-sharing with other states as “historic” and said it had given the “final burial” to SYL canal issue.
Badal, who is also President of ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, said assembly’s directions on Wednesday to the state government and its officers not to allow construction of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal and to recover money from other states for water supply were “final and binding”. “It is a historic decision. This has given final burial to the SYL issue,” Badal told the media here after the resolution was adopted.
The assembly directed Cabinet, government and its officers “neither to hand over any land of the state to any agency for the construction of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal nor allow anyone to work on this project and give any sort of cooperation for this purpose in the larger public interest”.
The special one-day session of the Punjab assembly was convened on Wednesday to protest against a Supreme Court verdict on a Presidential reference that dubbed a 2004 law passed by the house to end a water-sharing agreement as “unconstitutional”.
The resolution also directed the Punjab government to demand payment from other states for the river water supplied to them over the past few decades. It asked the government to seek the Centre’s help to recover water dues from Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi.
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