Negotiate political settlement of SYL dispute, SC tells Punjab, Haryana CMs

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 28

The Supreme Court at this time requested the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana to try a negotiated settlement of the Sutlej-Yamuna hyperlink (SYL) canal problem that has defied any answer for many years regardless of a number of rounds of litigation.

A Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra mentioned talks must be held between the 2 states on the highest political stage. Stating that the Centre had been attempting to facilitate talks between the 2 sides, Attorney General KK Venugopal requested the highest courtroom to provide extra time for the aim.

The Bench — which wished the 2 states to obviously inform it if they might resolve it by way of negotiations or not — indicated the matter can be taken up within the third week of August.

Punjab has been demanding a negotiated settlement between the 2 states with the assistance of the Centre, whereas Haryana maintains it may’t be made to attend indefinitely regardless of having a decree in its favour. The Union Jal Shakti Ministry has already convened a number of conferences — attended by chief secretaries of the 2 states — which remained inconclusive.

The Supreme Court had earlier instructed the Centre, Punjab and Haryana to conclude their talks on the development of SYL canal “as soon as it can be”. Else, it could proceed to determine the matter, it had mentioned.

The scrapped 1981 water-sharing pact

1981: Punjab, Haryana signal a water-sharing settlement

2004: The Congress authorities in Punjab terminates settlement

2016: SC declares legislation handed by Punjab House unconstitutional

2017: Punjab returns the SYL canal land to landowners

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