Punjab cabinet nod to return of SYL money to Haryana
Chandigarh: In a move likely to further precipitate relations between Punjab and Haryana over the water-sharing issue, the Punjab cabinet on Tuesday approved the return of money received from the neighbouring state for the SYL canal’s construction. “Since water is the lifeline of Punjab, the question of sharing it with anyone does not arise at all. Any decision against injustice to river waters of Punjab would never be accepted at any cost,” the cabinet said. The cabinet also reiterated the Shiromani Akali DalBJP alliance government’s “firm commitment not to allow even a single drop of its rightful river waters to Haryana”, a spokesperson of the Punjab Chief Minister’s Office said. He said the Punjab cabinet decided to return the money immediately. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal chaired the cabinet meeting.