'We must move forward on construction of SYL-Link Canal rather than politicize' : Manohar Lal

March 04, 2018 06:27 PM

Punjab News Express/SK/Vyas
CHANDIGARH : The Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal, has said that we must move forward on the construction of the Sutlej-Yamuna-Link (SYL) Canal rather than politicize the issue. “As we are governed by the Constitution, we must abide by it. We have full faith in the judiciary and would get our due share in the river waters through the SYL”, he added.
Addressing a press conference here today, the Chief Minister said that political parties in the state had always politicized the issue of SYL Canal for their petty interests and they are at it again. They know very well that Presidential reference had been lying pending in the Supreme Court for 12 long years and it is the present state government that strongly pleaded the case in the Supreme Court and ensured early hearing.
As a result of the efforts made by the present government, the apex court has given its decision in the favour of Haryana. “We have full faith in the Supreme Court and the state would soon get its share of water through the canal which should be constructed at the earliest,” he added.
Referring to the water management projects, Manohar Lal said 50 to 100 new ponds would be constructed in the vicinity of the national capital Delhi for getting the groundwater recharged.
The government has also ensured adequate water at the tail-ends for irrigation. Water has reached 293 tails out of the total 300 in the state. The present government has also made infrastructural arrangements for irrigation. The existing capacity of 3,451 cusecs of JLN Canal is being revived at a cost of Rs 300 crore.
Earlier, Rs 65 crore was spent on this canal from 2004 to 2014 which resulted in a flow of only 1,600 to 1,800 cusecs of water. Now we have reached 2,850 cusecs capacity in this canal.
Similarly, lift irrigation projects worth Rs 143 crore have been started in southern Haryana. We have switched over to a micro irrigation system which has helped save 30 percent water as compared to the flood irrigation system. The government is also giving 85 percent subsidy on micro-irrigation. He said that Micro Irrigation Project costing Rs. 24.65 crore for Har Khet Ko Pani was being implemented to benefit 4872-acre area of 13 districts. He said that the construction of upstream dams i.e. Renuka, Kishau and Lakhwar had been being taken up by Government of India for early completion.
The State Pond Management Authority has also been formed for the protection, conservation, development and rejuvenation of about 14,000 pounds in the state, he added.

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