Punjab hardens stand on SYL; to bring bill to de-acquire land for canal
Chandigarh: Hardening its stand on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue, the Punjab government on Thursday said it will bring in a legislation to de-acquire the land acquired from farmers and give it back to them to ensure the state does not have to share more water with other states. The state government and leading political parties made it clear that Punjab will block any move by the central government to force the state to share more water with other states, especially Haryana. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said a Bill would be introduced in the current budget session of the state assembly for de-acquisition of land acquired for the canal and handing it back to farmers after nearly four decades. “We will not allow a drop of water to flow out of Punjab. I will protect state’s natural resources and uphold its riparian right till the last drop of water is left in my body,” Badal told the assembly.