Hooda urges Centre to build storage reservoir across Ravi

Written by States Bureau | Chandigarh, Dec 30 | Updated: Dec 31 2007, 06:21am hrs
Haryana chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda has asked Centre to build storage reservoirs on the Ujh and the Basantar, the tributaries of the Ravi as more than 3 million acre feet of water was still flowing to Pakistan through river Ravi.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Hooda has made a strong case for Ravi waters on the ground that "no perennial river flows through Haryana and as such the availability of water from all sources was far less than the total requirement of water for agriculture, drinking and other purposes".

Haryana wants a barrage across Ravi at a suitable location and a canal to link this barrage with river Beas. Hooda has asked Prime Minister that "Central government should get these projects implemented on priority".

The letter sent to the Prime Minister on December 19 says that Haryana has suffered a lot as "solution to the long standing problems of Satluj Yamuna Link Canal (SYL) had not been found so far".

Significantly SYL has been a major issue between Punjab and Haryana as later had constructed almost 85% of the portion falling in its territory but Punjab failed to complete the portion falling in the state.

In fact during the height militancy in Punjab, the militants had killed a number of engineers carrying out work on SYL as different political figures of the state and militant outfits had made known their stand that they would not allow water for Haryana.

Haryana has asked the Centre that storage reservoirs had also not been constructed in the upper reaches of Yamuna like Kishau, Lakhwar, Vyasi and Renuka.

Hooda says that Haryana has initiated some irrigation projects such as Bhakra Main Line-Hansi Branch Multipurpose Link Canal, Dadupur-Nalvi Canal projcts, but unless Ravi water was diverted to Haryana and SYL gets completed at priority, the state would continue to suffer because of scarcity of water.

Hooda wants immediate clearance of pending irrigation projects within a definite time limit.