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SYL canal issue: Haryana CM Khattar pins hopes on SC

ANI  |  Rewari (Haryana) [India] 

Raising the burning issue of the SYL (Satluj Yamuna Link) canal, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday asserted that has already been filed and expressed hope for better from Supreme

"The SYL issue is a prolonged one that will soon be resolved. The has already been filed and we hope for better Southern had been facing drinking water issues from the past 12 years but not anymore," Khattar told ANI.

Khattar further assured that the districts that were facing water issues in the Southern region are soon to get resolved.

"We have filed our to the Supreme and the result would be out soon. Districts that were facing water issues will soon come over it. The matter has been pending before the bench since November last. There are already two decrees of the and we are anxiously waiting for these to be executed by the plaintiff (Punjab)," said Khattar.

Earlier this month, the Apex had heard the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal matter.

The final hearing was put off after the Centre informed the that a meeting of and has been convened by it on April 20 to resolve the matter.

The court, however, made it clear that if a solution was not found, it would proceed with the matter on the next date of hearing.

The bench, also comprising of Justice Amitava Roy, considered the statement of Solicitor General, Ranjeet Kumar and deferred the hearing in the case.

The apex refused to hear the Government's plea to adjourn the SYL Canal matter till the election were announced and posted the matter for further hearing till February 22.

Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani, appearing for the government, sought an adjournment which the top refused.

A bench headed by Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh refused the plea and asked, "What has the Supreme to do with the election "

In January, the apex asked both the and Governments to file their replies on the issue within three weeks.

The Government had earlier sought more time from the to file a detailed reply on the same.

A bench of the headed by Justice Ghosh and Justice Amitava Roy granted the decision.

The apex had, in November last year, termed the law passed by the Government in 2004 to terminate the SYL Canal water sharing agreement with neighbouring states as 'unconstitutional'.

Holding that the Termination of Agreement Act, 2004 was not being in conformity with the provisions of the Constitution, the top answered in the negative to all four questions referred to it in a presidential reference.

A constitution bench of the ruled that could not and should not have taken a 'unilateral' decision to terminate the agreement with Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Chandigarh to share the Ravi-Beas river waters.

The ruling was also followed by resignations of Pradesh Congress Committee president Captain Amarinder Singh and state Congress MLAs.

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First Published: Fri, May 19 2017. 14:57 IST