Chandigarh: Politics in Punjab seems to be heating up once again on the issue of Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal. Haryana has made preparations to file a contempt petition against Punjab in the Supreme Court regarding the construction of the canal. He says that Punjab is not following the order of the court. The Congress has questioned the Aam Aadmi Party government regarding this. Punjab Congress President Amarinder Singh Raja Vading has asked CM Bhagwant Mann what is his preparation to deal with this issue. The AAP government of Punjab seems to be caught in a religious crisis regarding this.
Recently, the Haryana Legislative Assembly passed a resolution demanding the Central Government to take measures for the construction of SYL Canal. Haryana says that Punjab should make a part of 122 km of the canal here. A few days after this proposal, on April 11, the Irrigation Department, through Haryana’s Additional Advocate General, Anish Gupta, demanded the resolution of the matter by implementing the directions of the Supreme Court.
Irrigation Department wrote that Punjab has not shown any interest in resolving the issue of SYL canal. In such a situation, apart from issuing directions to the Central Government, the Supreme Court can be requested to initiate contempt proceedings against Punjab. Earlier, after the Supreme Court’s orders of July 2019, talks were held between the two states and the Center, but no result was reached.
Those who keep an eye on the politics of Punjab and Haryana, are considering this move of the Haryana government as an exercise to surround the Aam Aadmi Party government of Punjab. Political expert Professor Mohammad Khalid says that the issue of SYL is very complex. Haryana wants water as per 1966, whereas since then the groundwater in Punjab has depleted considerably. He has his own needs. He is not in a position to provide canal water. Anyway, this is more of a political issue. BJP wants to challenge AAP to take a stand on water sharing with Haryana. If you take an opposing stand, it may anger the farmers of Haryana. Haryana has elections after two years. This can become a situation like a religious crisis for you.
The dispute over the Sutlej-Yamuna link canal has been going on since the formation of Haryana after the separation of Punjab in 1966. The construction of the canal started in April 1982. It was started by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in Kapuri village of Patiala. Under this, a 214 km long canal is to be built. Its 122 km part is to be made in Punjab and the remaining 92 km part in Haryana. But there is a dispute between the two states regarding this. The water of this canal has to come even to Delhi, where Arvind Kejriwal’s government is there.