Amarinder Singh blames Haryana for floods in Punjab

Former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh Wednesday said the "illegal" construction of Hansi-Butana link canal by Haryana was the primary cause for the deluge in his state.

Updated: Jul 14, 2010, 16:19 PM IST

Chandigarh: Former Punjab chief minister
Amarinder Singh Wednesday said the "illegal" construction of
Hansi-Butana link canal by Haryana was the primary cause for
the deluge in his state.

"The Hansi Butana canal was illegally constructed (in
2006 by Haryana) despite the matter pending before the
Supreme Court.

"Also the Eradi Commission matter, to resolve water
dispute between Punjab and Haryana, and the Presidential
Reference (on Punjab terminating the river water agreements in
2004) are pending before the apex court," Singh told a press
conference here.

He alleged the Haryana Government had gone ahead with
the canal`s construction despite Punjab`s protest at that time
and without even knowing the quantum of water which would be
available for the canal.

"When I was the chief minister, my government took up the
matter with Haryana...They still went ahead with it, even
ignoring Central Water Commission`s concerns. They were asked
to have 44 siphons for flood water to get through, but they
created only one. The canal is now acting like a dam, creating
a miserable situation for Punjab," he said.

"Over 20 people have died in Punjab, with six deaths in
my home district Patiala alone. In Patiala itself, 2.60 lakh
acres of land has been submerged," he said.

The former chief minister also flayed the SAD-BJP
government in Punjab for not cleaning the drains, which had
aggravated the flood situation in the state.

PTI