Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday assured the Assembly that the state would get its due share of water from the Ravi and Beas rivers.
Describing Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal as the lifeline of the state, Hooda said his "government is committed to get its share of Ravi-Beas waters".
Replying to the debate on the Governor`s address during the ongoing budget session, the Chief Minister slammed the opposition parties, mainly the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), for "doing politics on the water issue".
He said to ensure judicious distribution of canal water, Bhakra Main Line Hansi Butana canal had been constructed at a cost of Rs 392 crore. Efforts were being made to resolve legal issues in this regard, Hooda said in his 75-minute reply.
Barring three BJP MLAs there was virtually no opposition member present in the House when the Chief Minister was giving his reply. Twenty-five INLD MLAs had been suspended yesterday for their unruly behaviour. Two other INLD MLAs today staged a walkout from the Assembly.
Hooda said politics was done on Hansi Butana canal. "INLD has created obstacles in the functioning of this canal. This shows that INLD has nothing to do with the interest of the farmers and the common man," he claimed.
The Chief Minister said as the result of strong advocacy by his government, the Kishau dam on Yamuna river, Renuka dam and Lakhwar Vyasi dam had been declared as national projects.
These dams would not only ensure irrigation in dry areas of the state, but would also meet the requirement of drinking water, he said.