Chandigarh: The Haryana Finance and Irrigation Minister, Captain Ajay Yadav has sought intervention of President Pratibha Patil in the one-sided proposal passed by the Punjab assembly annulling the 1981 pact and the other agreements related to Ravi-Beas Water Treaty Act. 

In a letter to the President, Yadav has requested her to direct the Centre to pursue the issue in the Supreme Court (SC). Yadav has also mentioned that on several occasions, the advocate of Haryana state government has made appeals in the Apex Court for the fast disposal of the case.

He stated that the chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana had signed an agreement in 1981 before the then Prime Minister, Late Indira Gandhi for the distribution of additional water of River Ravi and Beas, As per the agreement, Punjab would get 4.22 MAF water while  3.5 MAF water was allotted to Haryana.

To take the water supply to areas which did not have irrigation facility, both the states had to jointly construct a Sutluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal. While Haryana completed its share of  construction work in June 1980, Punjab government did not start the project on time.

The Haryana Minister has claimed that on January 15, 2002, Supreme Court gave a time of 12 months to Punjab government to complete the canal construction. However, Punjab did not comply with the SC instructions. Following which the Apex Court directed the Union Government to nominate an agency to ensure that the project was completed at the earliest.

Amidst the controversy, Punjab government took everyone by surprise by passing a proposal in the state assembly on December 31, 2004, which nullified all the agreements related to Ravi-Bear water treaty act.

JPN/Bureau