Raj MPs meet PM, raise issue of Punjab not releasing water
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Last Updated: Friday, February 26, 2010, 00:36
New Delhi: A delegation of Rajasthan Congress MPs today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sought his intervention to resolve the issue of Punjab government's "failure" to release water to the state.

The team, led by Jaipur MP Mahesh Joshi and comprising Sachin Pilot and Girija Vyas among others, submitted a letter to Singh saying Rajasthan, which receives water from Ranjit Sagar dam in Punjab and Bhakhra and Pong dams (both under control of Bhakra-Vyas Management Board), has not been receiving its annual share of 72,248 cusec water from Punjab.

The board had fixed the actual quantity of water from Ravi and Beas, which was to be shared between the two states.

The state has been requesting the board since last month that if Punjab is not able to release water for Rajasthan, then the same quantity should be made available to it from Pong and Bhakhra dams, which would not affect Punjab's share.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has also written a letter to the Prime Minister over the issue, saying that despite a water sharing agreement between the two states, Punjab has "failed" to release water for Rajasthan.

He said due to poor rainfall, 27 districts of Rajasthan are facing drought-like situation. "Against daily requirement of 2,200 cusec, the state is only receiving 1,140 cusec, which has also affected supply to Indira Gandhi canal. This has not only affected the standing crops of farmers but may also create a drinking water crisis," he said.

He urged Singh to direct the Union Water Resources and Power Ministries to prevail upon the board for releasing water for Rajasthan. Meanwhile, Singh is said to have assured the delegation of MPs that he would look into the matter.


First Published: Friday, February 26, 2010, 00:36

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