Rajasthan seeks permanent representation in BBMB
Chandigarh – The central government has constituted a committee to address Rajasthan’s demand of getting permanent representation in Bhakra-Beas Management Board (BBMB). BBMB is engaged in regulation of the supply of water and power from its projects to Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pardesh, Delhi and Chandigarh. According to Sources the committee has been formed keeping in mind the Rajasthan Assembly elections which are due in 2018. Interestingly, representatives of the Punjab Canal Department were also present in the meeting but the Punjab government had no information related to the formation of the committee. According to the information, there are board of directors from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and Rajasthan in BBMB including a chairman and two members from the Centre. Rajasthan has been demanding representation in water regulation and has claimed that its share of water is more as compared to Punjab and Haryana, thus it cannot be held back of permanent representation. In 2005, Rajasthan High Court had ordered to withdraw the rights to keep control of headworks from Punjab. In a meeting, held on November 2 this year, in New Delhi, the committee constituted to redressal of water dispute between states by Union Water Resource, the Rajasthan government stated that it was totally dependent on Punjab for use of canal water and despite excess water in Bhakra and Pong dams, the state does not get extra water. KL Jakhar, Chief Engineer of Canal Department in Hanumangarh of Rajasthan, confirmed that Rajasthan is a member of the board of directors only, but it needs permanent representation and its staff of Engineers in BBMB. Jakhar said that if Rajasthan gets representation, it will able to get more water for farmers. On the other hand, Chief Engineer Canal Punjab, Vinod Chaudhry, expressed ignorance.
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