Constitute a tribunal on SYL, conduct an in-depth study related to water: Kang
Chandigarh, October 4, 2023: After the Supreme Court’s comment on Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal (SYL), Aam Aadmi Party also reacted on the matter. The party said that the Punjab government’s stand on SYL is very clear. Punjab is not in a position to give even a single drop of additional water to other states.
On Wednesday, AAP Punjab chief spokesperson Malvinder Singh Kang said that the water situation in Punjab is no longer the same as it was 50 years ago. Today Punjab itself is struggling with water issues. Recently, in the North Zone Council meeting, Chief Minister Bhagwat Mann had said that Punjab cannot give additional water to any state.
Malvinder Kang, on behalf of the party, demanded that a tribunal be constituted to know the situation of water in SYL and Punjab. The Tribunal should conduct an in-depth study on the matter as to whether Punjab is in a position to provide water to other states in the present circumstances or not.
He said that the land which was notified for SYL has now also been denotified. Now notifying it again will create many problems. So now it is not possible to make SYL because we neither have extra water nor the required land. We will put this matter before the court in a legal manner and will also raise it before the Central Government, said AAP spokesperson.
Kang also cornered Akali Dal and Badal family on the issue of SYL. He said that it was the Prakash Singh Badal government that first notified the land for SYL.
He put the interests of Punjab at stake because of his personal relationship with former Haryana Chief Minister Chaudhary Devi Lal and took advantage of that relationship to acquire huge properties in Gurgaon and many other places in Haryana. He said that this is mentioned in Jagtar Singh’s book ‘Reverse on Fire’ too.