Haryana blames Punjab for flood, demands joint patrolling

Blaming Punjab for the recent floods in Haryana districts, the state government today demanded joint patrolling by the two states to check illegal cutting of river banks which causes loss of life and property in its territory.

Last Updated: Jul 10, 2010, 00:08 AM IST

Chandigarh: Blaming Punjab for the recent
floods in three Haryana districts, the state government today
demanded joint patrolling by the two states to check illegal
cutting of river banks which causes loss of life and property
in its territory.

Attributing the current spell of floods in the state to
the non-completion of Satluj-Yamunma Link canal in Punjab, a
Haryana government spokesman said the neighbouring state
should ensure that breaches in its banks do not occur.

"Punjab should see to it that canal banks are not cut in
its territory close to Haryana as the rain and flood water
play havoc in Ambala, Kurukshetra and Kaithal districts," he
said.

Haryana demands that joint patrolling and policing by
both the states be put in place at vulnerable points in their
territories so that innocent villagers are not put to
avoidable loss and misery, he said.

Blaming Punjab for the floods in the three Haryana
districts, he said non-completion of SYL canal by the Punjab
government was a major reason for the floods which were caused
by breaches in the banks of SYL Canal.

Punjab has persistently obstructed the completion of SYL
Canal in spite of clear orders of the Supreme Court on the
contrary, he alleged.

He also accused the neighbouring state of diverting
Ghaggar waters into Haryana whenever there is a heavy
discharge in the river.

This canal has a capacity of only about 6,000 cusecs
and waters far in excess of this capacity are diverted from
Ghaggar river into the SYL canal in Punjab territory, he said.

As a result there are breaches in SYL Canal in Ambala,
Kurukshetra and Kaithal districts flooding huge areas in a
very short time, he said.

-PTI