Marathwada Water Crisis Warning Signal For Punjab: Amarinder Singh

Amarinder Singh appealed to the Supreme Court to take a logical decision on the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue.

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File photo of Amarinder Singh. (Photo: IANS)

Citing Marathwada water crisis as a warning signal, Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Thursday appealed to the Supreme Court to take “considerate and logical” decision on the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue.

It won’t be that long that barren lands and parched throats would start staring at us like those in the Marathwada region in Maharashtra if the Supreme Court does not take a considerate and logical decision on the matter.
Amarinder Singh

Asserting that Punjab has a strong and genuine case against the construction of the SYL by Haryana, he warned that there can be a grave water crisis “which is already knocking at the doorsteps of the state”.

The former Punjab Chief Minister said the water level in the rivers had gone down considerably from 15.8 MAF in 1955 to 13 MAF now.

Given the fact that the glaciers were hundreds of years old, the water level will further recede in the rivers and reserviours and we may have an imminent drinking water crisis in the state, besides the irrigation.
Amarinder Singh

Expressing his sympathies with the people of Marathwada, he warned that presently it may be in Marathwada region in Maharashtra and in the future it may be the Malwa region in Punjab as the water resources or depleting fast and the water table was going down at an alarming pace.

He said while subsoil water was depleting at an alarming rate of 80 cms a year, large parts of Malwa region had brackish water unfit for irrigation or drinking.

If the SYL is forced on Punjab, it will turn 9 lakh acres in the Malwa region barren, the Congress leader said.

That is why I have been appealing to the Honourable Judges (of the Supreme Court) to take note of the ground realities before pronouncing their judgement, lest that leads to unforeseen circumstances.
Amarinder Singh

He hoped that people of Punjab will not have to come onto the roads to save their water and to prevent the situation like that prevailing in Marathwada region now.

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