NEW DELHI: The meeting on the Satluj Yamuna Link Canal (SYL), which was the centre of the dispute between Punjab and Haryana, was held in the presence of the central government. The decision of one meeting is taken.
It was presided over by the Secretary, Union Water Resources Ministry and Chief Secretaries of Punjab, Haryana following the apex court's direction. There was a team of three officers from both the states, including Chief Secretary Irrigation. Both the States took their stand in the meeting.
Haryana reiterated its demand for 3.5 lakh cusecs of water. Punjab reacted neutrally. During the meeting, the Centre also presented a presentation to the two states on the dispute in the light of the Supreme Court order. The apex court had on July 9 directed the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana to set up a committee of officials. The court asked the two states to resolve the 50-year-old dispute and find a solution to the Centre's intervention.
The next hearing will be held on the 9th of next month. The court will take further action based on the outcome of the Centre's intervention between the two states. After the reorganization of Punjab in 1966, 7.2 lakh cusecs of water was distributed. It had to build a 214-km-long canal from Punjab to Haryana to bring 3.5 lakh cusecs of water to its part. It had a 92-kilometre canal that was part of Haryana. That was made by Haryana long ago. Punjab, however, did not start the construction of a canal in an area of 125 km long. The issue between the two states often creates tension.
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