Mar 15, 2016: Haryana over sharing of River waters, the assembly of Punjab yesterday unanimously passed a bill to pave the way for return of 5,376 acres of land acquired for the construction of Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal to its original owners or their heirs free of cost.
The Punjab Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal Land Bill-2016, moved by Punjab’s CM Parkash Singh Badal, got instant backing from the treasury and opposition members. Hours after Punjab’s move, the Haryana assembly, housed in the same complex, passed a unanimous resolution condemning the passage of the bill – a development that escalated the sensitive inter-state water war to a new high.
The Haryana resolution described the SYL land de-notification move as “unilateral, unconstitutional and denying the authority of the Supreme Court, a step only to draw political mileage”. Before the resolution was passed, Haryana governor Kaptan Singh Solanki also said that he would act as per the Constitution.
“If something unconstitutional happens legal options are always available to correct it,” Solanki told the protesting Congress MLAs in the Haryana assembly before delivering his address.
Solanki, who holds the additional charge of Punjab also, finds himself in a piquant. Solanki, who holds the additional charge of Punjab also, finds himself in a piquant situation on the river waters row. While the Punjab bill will now be presented to him for assent, he has been urged by Haryana MLAs to reject it to safeguard the interests of the state.