Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, has extended an olive branch to his counterpart in Punjab, Bhagwant Mann, regarding the contentious Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue. In a letter addressed to Mann, Khattar expressed a willingness to engage in a dialogue aimed at resolving any obstacles impeding the construction of the canal, despite Punjab's steadfast refusal to share additional water with any state.
Khattar referenced a significant Supreme Court order issued on October 4, which explicitly stated that the canal's execution is unrelated to water allocation. The apex court's directive instructed the Centre to conduct a survey of the land allocated in Punjab for the construction of a portion of the SYL canal and assess the extent of progress made in this regard.
While all political parties in Punjab have vocally maintained that the state cannot spare a single additional drop of water for any other state, Haryana has welcomed the Supreme Court's instructions, viewing them as a positive step toward the canal's completion. The SYL canal issue has long been a source of contention between Punjab and Haryana, and efforts to resolve it have involved legal battles and political disputes. The offer of dialogue from Haryana's Chief Minister may signal a renewed push for negotiations to reach a mutually acceptable resolution to this enduring dispute.