Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann declared that not another drop of water would be shared with any other state after an urgent cabinet meeting. Bhagwant Mann, the chief minister of Punjab, declared on Thursday that at no cost would more water be shared with any other state.
He added that Gurminder Singh’s name has been approved by the state cabinet for the position of advocate general.
Mann made this statement after presiding over an urgent cabinet meeting at his home.
The Sutlej-Yamuna-Link (SYL) canal problem was discussed by the council of ministers despite the lack of an official agenda for the meeting.
At the cabinet meeting, Gurminder Singh’s name, according to Mann, was approved for the position of AG.
The chief minister wrote on X, “The SYL issue was also discussed at the meeting. Not even a single drop of additional water will be shared with any other state at any cost. It was also discussed when the monsoon session (of the state Assembly) would be held.
The Supreme Court had ordered the Centre to survey the area of land in Punjab that had been designated for the building of a section of the SYL canal the day before the meeting.
On Wednesday, every major party in Punjab argued that the state lacked any more water that it could give to another state.
Political parties in Haryana, meanwhile, hailed the Supreme Court’s directives, claiming that the state’s residents have been waiting for SYL water for a long time.
The top court ordered the Center to survey the area of land in Punjab that was designated for the building of a portion of the SYL canal and to evaluate the level of construction done there during the matter’s hearing on Wednesday.
The Centre was also urged by a bench presided over by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul to vigorously continue the mediation process in an effort to settle the long-running conflict between Punjab and Haryana over the canal’s development.
The SYL canal was designed to effectively distribute water from the Beas and Ravi rivers. The proposal called for building a 214-kilometer canal, of which 122 kilometers were to be built in Punjab and the remaining 92 kilometers in Haryana.
Punjab, which began building on the project in 1982, put it on hold when Haryana finished it in its area.