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Punjab CM Amarinder asks for caution on SYL: “May disrupt national security” | India News


CHANDIGARH: Urging the Center to be cautious regarding the Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) issue, which had the potential to disrupt the nation’s security, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh reiterated on Tuesday the need for a court made a reassessment with a time limit of the availability of water, even when seeking a complete part of the water for Punjab from the total available resource, including from the Yamuna river.
“You have to look at the issue from the perspective of national security. If you decide to go ahead with SYL, Punjab will burn and become a national problem, and Haryana and Rajasthan will also be impacted, ”Amarinder told the Center, during a video conference with Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
Later, in a video message, Amarinder described the meeting as “positive and cordial” and said that the union minister seemed to understand Punjab’s point of view.
“Punjab remains in danger from all extremes,” Amarinder said, noting Pakistan’s continued attempts to stir up trouble and try to revive the separatist movement through the banned Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) organization. The water problem could further destabilize the state, he warned.
The union minister was of the opinion that freighters could be built and SYL could also be completed and kept ready while discussions on water sharing continue and the final formula could be decided later.
Presenting Punjab’s position during the CV, Amarinder said that he had made a concerted decision to terminate all water deals in 2004 to prevent Punjab from burning, amid reports that violence could erupt in the state in protest. The situation has since worsened, he said, adding that 109 of the state’s 128 blocks had been officially declared “dark zones.”
Noting the melting of glaciers, he urged the central government to take into account the effects of climate change. The situation is likely to get worse with the construction of dams on its territory by China, Amarinder warned, adding that this would lead to water shortages even in the Satluj River.
“Why wouldn’t he agree to give water if we had it?” He said, adding that certain areas of southern Haryana were indeed part of Patiala’s former property and he personally had a special love for the region.
Amarinder said it was necessary to establish a court for the fair adjudication of water availability, noting that the water allocation proposed by the Eradi Commission is 40 years old, while international standards require a review every 25 years to determine the status. She recalled that she had suggested building water storage dams in Himachal Pradesh to collect water so that the flow of water to Pakistan could be controlled. He urged the Union Minister to consider the suggestion.

Times of India