Hooda asks centre to expedite decision on Ravi Beas waters
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday urged the Centre to request the Supreme Court to expedite its decision on the issue of Presidential Reference concerning Ravi-Beas waters as it is the only reference which is pending for more than seven years.
The Chief Minister was speaking in the 26th meeting of Northern Zonal Council presided over by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram here.
Hooda said the Punjab government had decided to terminate all inter-state agreements pertaining to the Ravi-Beas water in the year 2004 and the Presidential Reference in this regard was still pending before the Supreme Court.
The chief minister said Punjab is not delivering Haryana's full share in the Ravi-Beas water.
"As we all know, Haryana is a water stressed state. As against the demand of 36.0 million acre-feet (MAF) water, the availability of water is only 14.7 MAF," he said.
"On one hand Haryana has to give, out of its own share in the Yamuna waters, extra water to Delhi in compliance of the Apex Court's orders, on the other, Punjab is not delivering Haryana's full share in the Ravi-Beas water. This is in spite of two orders and Judgements of the Court in the SYL canal matter," he said.
Hooda urged Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to start work on the link between Anandpur Sahib and the Ropar Thermal Plant, so that Haryana is able to carry its share of water through Bakhra Main Line.
Hooda said storages should be constructed on the tributaries of river Ravi and the second Ravi-Beas link should be constructed at the earliest.