Khattar discusses state issues with Rajnath
Haryana has contended that the riparian principle in case of Ravi-Beas water is not applicable and that Punjab contention on this issue is not correct. The state has sought early hearing on the presidential reference on the validity of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act of 2004 which has been lying pending with the Supreme Court for nearly 10 years.
This was stated by Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar in the 27th meeting of Northern Zonal Council at New Delhi which was presided over by Rajnath Singh. Khattar also reiterated that the construction of the three dams namely Renuka, Kishau and Lakhwar-Vyasi on the tributaries of river Yamuna should be expedited.
The stored water in these dams will greatly help in meeting the requirements of drinking and irrigation water. He also said that Haryana was now ready to resolve the issue of power sharing from the Anandpur Sahib Hydel Project, Mukerian Hydel Project, Thein Dam Project and UBDC Stage-II, either under the aegis of Northern Zonal Council or through bilateral deliberations.
Further, the CM urged the Centre to declare Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops like maize, pulses, cotton, guar etc, in order to encourage farmers for diversification of crops. He mentioned that Haryana is in agreement on broad contours of an Inter-State Regional Plan relating to integration of infrastructural services like roads, rail network, water supply, sewerage, drainage, etc, between Chandigarh and other periphery towns.