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Haryana reiterates demand for separate HC
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20
Restoration of the post of the Chief Commissioner for Chandigarh, separate Haryana High Court besides a green airport in Jhajjar, second link canal between Ravi and Beas and Rs 100 crore special grant to Hisar Agricultural University were some of the major issues that Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda discussed with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in the union capital today.

The meeting assumed special significance not only because some of the controversial demands, including those pertaining to the future of Chandigarh and Punjab rivers waters, were prominently highlighted but also in view of the coming Assembly elections in the state.

Eyeing second term in office, Hooda also raised a demand for a special grant of Rs 100 crore for CSS Agricultural University in Hisar. A similar Rs 100 cr package was given to Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, by the UPA government some years ago.

Seeking personal intervention of the Prime Minister to settle long standing demands of the state, Hooda said the Haryana Vidhan Sabha had passed a resolution demanding a separate High Court for Haryana to be located in Chandigarh. The Union Ministry of Law and Justice had also been requested to initiate this process on a top priority to meet the aspiration of the people of Haryana.

The Haryana Chief Minister held that since 1984, the Governor of Punjab had been heading the Chandigarh Administration and the existing system had certainly tilted in the favour of Punjab. He said either the pre-1984 arrangement should be restored or the office of the administrator, Chandigarh, should be held in rotation by the Governors of Punjab and Haryana.

Hooda sought modification of the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojna (RGGVY), expeditious execution of the Delhi-Faridabad Metro Project and funding of projects proposed in the Haryana sub-region of NCR.

He wanted the NTPC-BHEL power project in Haryana for manufacturing heavy electrical equipment at an investment of about Rs 6,000 crore. The state government has already identified land for the proposed project.

Demanding clearance of Greenfield Airport in Jhajjar, Hooda said the state government had identified unencumbered land measuring 4,500 acres in close proximity to New Delhi with excellent connectivity via the upcoming Western Expressway.

Hooda also demanded second link between Ravi and Beas by proposing an 85 km-long link canal. The cost of barrage and link canal is estimated to be Rs 734 crore and will transfer on an average 1.85 MAF water to Harike Barrage.

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