Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said that a meeting would be held between officers of the Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments next month to resolve various issues concerning irrigation. Replying to the debate on the governor's address in the state Assembly here today, he said that demand would be raised at the meeting for giving control of part of the Agra Canal which fell in Haryana for the purpose of cleanliness so that the farmers could get their allocated share of water from the canal. About 100-km stretch of the Agra canal falls in Haryana and the farmers in various parts of southern Haryana get water from various channels which emanate from the river. At present, Haryana has to take no objection certificate (NOC) from UP for cleaning the canal since its control rests with that state, the chief minister told the House. "During my visit to Barsana in UP recently, I had discussed with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, various issues concerning inter-state border, law and order and irrigation.
It was then principally decided that issues concerning both states would be mutually resolved," Khattar said. In order to ensure that clean water flows in Yamuna river and all other rivers passing through the state, the Centre has been requested to prepare a project on the pattern of the Namami Gange Project implemented to clean and protect river Ganga. Regarding the Dadupur Nalvi Canal, Khattar said amendment in the Act was expected soon and thereafter, farmers wanting back the land they gave for the project would be able to do so. The land, which would not be taken back by the farmers, would be utilised by the Irrigation Department for various projects as per requirement, he added.
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