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SC paves way for SYL construction work: Solanki  

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

The Haryana Governor Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki, has said that concerted efforts made by his government have resulted in a favourable verdict from the Supreme Court (SC) on the Presidential reference, which has paved the way for initiation of the long pending construction work on the remaining portion of the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal.

Addressing the legislative assembly on the first day of the budget session on Monday, Solanki said it was heartening that on November 28, 2016, an all-party delegation from Haryana submitted a memorandum to the President of India, seeking his intervention to ensure that our rightful and legitimate share in surplus Ravi-Beas waters was allowed to reach our parched lands and thirsty villages.

“My government will earnestly keep pursuing the matter and shall do its best to protect the interests of the hard working and law abiding people of our state who have full faith in our Constitution and the judiciary,” he added.

A major project for rehabilitation of Jawaharlal Nehru Canal and its lift system costing Rs.143 crore is in progress and is likely to be completed by the end of financial year 2017-18, the governor said.

Besides, major rehabilitation works costing about Rs.150 crore will be completed during the current financial year.

The government has also planned rehabilitation of 125 channels and 400 water courses during 2017-18 and 2018-19 under State Plan and NABARD. A project for increasing the capacity of carrier system costing about Rs.2,000 crore is being prepared to utilise surplus monsoon water in the river Yamuna, which will make available about 4,000-5,000 cusecs of additional water in the WJC and JLN systems.