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Captain hopes SC’s directive will resolve SYL canal problem

COURTESY HT JULY 12

Captain hopes SC’s directive will resolve SYL canal problem
CHIEF MINISTER SAYS TALKS ARE THE ONLY WAY TO RESOLVE ISSUE

CHANDIGARH:Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh has expressed hope that the Supreme Court’s directive on the formation of a committee of officers by Punjab and Haryana would lead to a long-term, just and equitable solution to the vexed Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal problem in the backdrop of the worsening water situation in his state.

Reacting to the apex court’s orders, issued on Tuesday, the copy which was received by the state government on Thursday, Amarinder said talks were the only way to resolve the issue, which threatened to plunge Punjab into a major environmental disaster. “It was imperative for all the parties concerned to the dispute to work together, in the interest of the nation, to avert such a disaster,” he said in a statement.

The CM said the Punjab government would immediately initiate the process of naming officers for the proposed committee and hoped the Haryana government would also move in the same direction without delay. “Punjab had no problem sharing water with anyone if it had enough of the vital resource. Unfortunately, the water situation in the state was critical, with the ground water levels depleting to shocking levels and threatening to transform Punjab into a desert,” he added.

Amarinder also said the Centre’s intervention, as directed by the Supreme Court, would be critical to facilitating constructive talks between the representatives of the two states (Punjab and Haryana).

The apex court, in its orders, said: “We request the chief ministers of both the states to form a committee of officers and also to ensure that both of them deliberate with the intervention of the central government at the highest level and if possible to work out a solution.”

The court also stated that both the states should deliberate with the intervention of the Central Government at the highest level and if possible to work out a solution. “Any alternative can only be one which is acceptable in toto to the State of Haryana and Rajasthan”, it said

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