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Settle water disputes amicably

I appreciate the sane advice given in the editorial “Fighting over water: States must join hands for development” (March 12). With climatic changes, the annual availability of water is continuously declining while the demand for it is increasing for irrigation, drinking purposes and for industrial development.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal may have said that there is no surplus water to share with the neighbouring states and may threaten to terminate the water-sharing agreements but it will have serious repercussions in Haryana and Rajasthan with far-reaching implications.

The editorial rightly maintains that all the northern states should join hands for a rational and conciliatory approach to settle water and territorial disputes. Riparian states in a nation do not have the sole right over the river waters. The catchment areas of these rivers lie in the hills and mountains of Himachal Pradesh. Consequently, all the rivers must be declared as national resources and be placed under a national authority.

Dr L. K. MANUJA, Nahan (HP)


 

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The new Punjab Chief Minister has said that Punjab is a riparian state. However, it is not. According to the riparian law, the international definition of a state is a government which controls the land through which the river water flows in a country and not a province. Thus, Punjab is not a country but only a province.

Moreover, all the rivers which flow through Punjab originate from Himachal Pradesh. As such, the first claimant of river waters is Himachal Pradesh. The Union Government ought to change the course of the rivers to other provinces to satisfy all claimants of river waters

L.N. RANA, Panchkula

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Mr Badal’s statement regarding water sharing with Haryana is unwise and ill-considered, Apparently, he is not concerned about inter-state harmony. Furthermore, his statement is disrespectful to the judiciary as the Supreme Court of India is seized of the matter.

Capt Amarinder Singh should not make it a favourable issue to gain political mileage, as it was he who legislated to make existing contracts null and void during his tenure as Chief Minister. However, Badal is a more experienced and matured politician. Thus, his statement is not in conformity with his prestige and authority.

B.K. CHAUDHARI, Bromsgrove (UK)

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The Punjab Chief Minister’s statement on scrapping Section 5 of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act 2004 has worried Haryana. Why are we quarrelling over sharing of water?

There is no denying that all the rivers emanate from the Himalayas and it is a free gift of nature. These rivers belong to the nation and not to any state. We are the children of Bharat Mata. Hence, Haryana has the right to have its due share of water.

When monsoon brings heavy rains, surplus water flows to Haryana and Rajasthan and causes heavy loss. Being a good neighbour, Punjab should remember Prof Harold J. Laski’s words: “We have no right to have cakes when our neighbour is compelled to go without food”.

BANSIRAM, Chakhajipur (Hoshiarpur)

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The Punjab Chief Minister claims to be the farmers’ leader. He should know that there are farmers near Lambi who will also be affected if he scraps the Section 5 of the water agreement with the neighbouring states.

Haryana is carved out of Punjab and developments in Punjab will have repercussions in both Haryana and Rajasthan. Badal should not play politics with water. Hope better sense will prevail on him.

RAM CHANDER NEHRA, Satrod Khurd (Hisar)

Penalise unruly MPs, MLAs

I very much appreciate Rahul Bajaj, MP (Rajya Sabha) for suggesting penalising MPs for disrupting work in Parliament. The people elect their representatives to do their work and not to waste time and public money.

The members of state legislatures should also be penalised for disrupting work in the legislatures.

MOHAN SINGH BAINS, Jalandhar City

Deplorable road

The condition of the road from Pinjore to Nawan Nagar in Panchkula district is deplorable. It is full of potholes and is a nightmare for drivers. It is becoming very difficult for us to drive on this road.

I am 60 years old and it has been extremely painful for me to drive my vehicle up to Nawan Nagar. I appeal to the state government to get the road repaired expeditiously.

NARINDER KUMAR AGGARWAL, Panchkula


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