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Ownership of river water vest in states where they actually flow: Badal

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said worldwide riparian principles have established that ownership of river waters vested in those states or areas where the rivers actually flow.



Ratwara Sahib: In continuing war of
words over royalty for river water-sharing with Haryana,
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said worldwide
riparian principles have established that ownership of river
waters vested in those states or areas where the rivers
actually flow.

"Water is a natural resource for Punjab like other states
Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand which have coal mines. Rajasthan
has abundant source of marble and several others states have
iron ores and are charging royalty for mining these natural
resources," he told reporters here.

Badal said "if these states are permitted to charge
royalty for mining of their natural resources, then why Punjab
is being denied its right to royalty in case of water for
which the state has been actually mining it for past several
years for the sake of producing foodgrains for the entire
country."

He rejected the plea of his Haryana counterpart
Bhupinder Singh Hooda on the issue saying "it would be better
for him to react to this issue objectively after giving due
consideration rather issuing vague statements undermining
the interests of an agrarian state like Punjab."

PTI

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