Haryana Agriculture and Irrigation Minister OP Dhankar has written the former to construct a separate canal to fulfill water supply for National Capital after the Delhi government’s stand on Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL).
Dhankar wrote a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal citing “In the view of your stand, it will be difficult for Haryana to deliver Delhi’s share of water through its existing canal system. You should take up the trouble of constructing a separate canal from Nangal dam and Tajewala by your efforts to carry Delhi’s share of water to Delhi.”
Earlier on March 16, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had opposed the construction of Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal as the Punjab does not have adequate water to share with other states.
“You must be aware that Haryana was allocated 3.5 MAF and Delhi 0.2 MAF of water from Ravi-Beas through Nangal dam. Haryana, through the Bhakra main line (Punjab) gets Delhi’s 0.2 MAF share of water and channelises it through Narwana Branch and Western Yamuna Canal systems to make it reach Delhi. And due to this, Haryana is unable to lift its share of 496 cusec of water,” Haryana CM wrote.
“And as you were against the SYL canal. It was through this canal, water for Haryana and Delhi would have come,” he added.
Responding to the letter sent by Haryana government, Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra said that in case of disruption in the supply of water, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government would knock the Supreme Court.
Mishra also added that Haryana doesn’t share extra water and only the quantity of water ordered by the Supreme Court was released by the state.
“Letter by Dhankar is a cheap tactic to divert attention frm (from) real issues. Haryana is facing complete collapse of law & order,” Mishra tweeted.
Earlier on Thursday, the Haryana Assembly unanimously passed a condemnation resolution against the Delhi chief minister for his statements that Punjab had no spare SYL water for Haryana.