Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday said that the state has no water to share. Badal said the water crisis has occurred because the Riparian Act was not followed in the case of Punjab.
Badal told ANI, "There is law of the land that water is supposed to be distributed as per riparian rights, all over the country where ever the distribution took place law of the land was followed, riparian system was followed except in this case. So our stand is if you go by the riparian act Punjab has no water to give."
"At the rate we are producing rice and wheat we will become deserted. And this is the reason we cannot share water. We have implanted 12 lakh tube wells in the state, if we would have had water why have we installed tube wells. Haryana has 3 to 4 lakh tube well because they have water. Our underground water has also decreased, we have a serious issue of water," he added.
Badal's comment came a day after the Government of Haryana returned a cheque for Rs.191.75 crores to the Punjab Government following its refusal to accept poll-bound Punjab's push to pass a bill to return the land acquired for the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal. In an attempt to prevent its neighbouring states from getting share from Punjab's river waters, the state assembly unanimously passed a bill against the construction of SYL canal, providing transfer of proprietary rights back to the land owners free of cost.