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Pb CM shares Khattar's concern on 'wasteful' flow of river waters to Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

today shared the concern of his counterpart over "wasteful" flow of river waters into Pakistan, but sought "careful assessment" of the matter.

He also called for similar efforts to prevent wastage of waters too.

Singh ruled out the need for separate interaction between and or for engaging the (BBMB) to undertake feasibility studies on the proposed second Ravi-Beas link since the matter was under consideration of a high-powered panel set up by the Centre for implementation of

Replying to Khattar's letter of May 7 on utilisation of water flowing into Pakistan, he said, "We would surely like to check all wasteful flow of river waters and secure every drop of it for our farmers, but these have to be carefully assessed."

"In Punjab, we are of the considered opinion to fully secure and utilise the waters of the as also of other two rivers -- Sutlej and Beas -- for our farmers, without letting it go waste in any manner," Singh said while calling for concerted efforts for utilisation of all other river waters going waste.

Acknowledging the need for preventing wasteful flow of river water, the said the state was indeed facing unprecedented water crisis, with its water needs for agriculture having been assessed at 52 MAF, of which river water contribution is hardly 27 MAF.

This was causing the farmers to depend on underground water, which has depleted alarmingly, he wrote.

Singh, however, pointed out that utilisable discharge of waters of river had been determined at Madhopur rim station and the discharge flowing in tributaries (Ujh, Bein, Basantar, Jallala and Tarnah) which join Ravi downstream Madhopur headworks, was flashy, uncertain and unreliable.

A storage dam on rivulet has been planned by the government in their territory up-stream of an existing barrage on the said rivulet, he said.

Noting that the wastage of discharge pertained mainly to supply of water from Ujh, the suggested that it might, therefore, "be appropriate to examine availability of discharge post-construction of dam.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 19:25 IST