Haryana today hit out at Punjab on the issue of strengthening of Ghaggar bundh, saying it was unfortunate that the neighbouring state, where assembly elections are due early next year, was indulging in “mud-slinging. ”
“Punjab should not indulge in mud-slinging over such an issue….Need of the hour is that the two states should concentrate on the issues of mutual interest such as generation of more power from BBMB, rain water harvesting in Ghaggar basin, tackling the situation arising out of higher water levels in Bhakra and Pong dams,” Haryana’s Irrigation Minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha today said.
He said Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has not received any letter from his Punjab counterpart Parkash Singh Badal on the issue of strengthening of Ghaggar bundh.
Chatha was reacting to reports appearing in a section of the media today stating that Parkash Singh Badal has written a letter to Hooda objecting to the concrete wall being built by Haryana along
Hansi-Butana canal alleging it violated status quo between the two states.
Chatha said that in an earlier letter to Badal, the Haryana Chief Minister had mentioned that Panjab was unnecessarily making the strengthening of Ghaggar bundh a political issue due to impending state elections.
“The Punjab Chief Minister did not raise the issue earlier when the tender for the work were initially called on March 7, 2011 and advertisement for the same appeared in several important dailies,” Chatha said, according to an official release here.
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