CM to apprise GoM of govt`s position on Munak canal dispute
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 22:40
New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said she would soon apprise the Group of Ministers headed by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram about her government's position on the Munak canal dispute with neighbouring Haryana.

With Delhi and Haryana failing to amicably settle their water sharing dispute, the Centre last month had set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to find an amicable solution to the dispute between the two states.

"I will soon aprise our position on the issue to the GoM," Dikshit said.

The canal was constructed by Haryana with financial assistance of Rs 350 crore given by Delhi Government on the condition that the national capital will be supplied 80 MGD water from it. But later, Haryana refused to supply the water to the city.

The GoM will look into the argument being given by the Delhi government demanding its share that it has paid around Rs 350 crore for the construction of nearly 80 per cent of the channel in its territory.

Haryana has opposed any water sharing, saying it has been generously providing water to its neighbour even though its own demand has gone up in the recent years.

Besides Chidambaram, the other members of the GoM are HRD minister Kapil Sibal, Law minister M Veerappa Moily and Water Resources minister Salman Khursheed.

The 102-km canal between Munak in Haryana border and Haiderpur in Delhi was first proposed in 2003.


First Published: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 22:40

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