Forest, Irrigation Departments trade charges
When the Forest Department is busy celebrating Van Mahotsava for planting new saplings in the monsoon, hundreds of green trees especially are being felled under the nose of the authorities on 110-acre of land between Dhanur and Abutgarh villages in Sirsa.

While the move by Haryana to build a concrete wall to divert the Ghaggar waters towards Punjab has triggered an inter-state dispute, the two earthen dams on the course of water bodies at Chandpura near Mansa and Dabwali on the periphery of Bathinda district have also become a bone of contention between the two states.

Diversion of the water bodies at these places by Haryana has exposed more tha

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal sought personal intervention of his Haryana counterpart Bhupinder Singh Hooda to immediately issue instructions to the authorities concerned to stop the alleged protection works on outer slope of left bank of Hansi branch of the Butana Branch Multipurpose Link Channel (MPLC).

Badal in a Demi Official letter to Hooda on May 18 mentioned the canal had bee

Amid reports of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal objecting to Haryana about a concrete wall being built by it along the Hansi-Butana canal, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said all such conjecture was “baseless”, and he had not received any such letter.

During the past four years, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has taken several steps in order to ensure the compliance of the pollution norms by the industries and urban local bodies of the state.

While stating this before relinquishing his charge as PPCB chairman on June 16, Rajat Agarwal, in an interview with The Tribune, spoke at length about the functioning of the PPCB.

Ahead of monsoon, the construction of a 4-km concrete wall along the Hansi-Butana canal by Haryana has left the villagers residing along the Punjab-Haryana border worried.

Despite several meetings with the Planning Commission, the Punjab Government is yet to give its response to the inter-state project to tame the Ghaggar.

Himachal Pradesh and Haryana have already assured the Centre that they will participate in the project.

In an ambitious project to find a solution to the untreated waste flowing in the rivers of the state, the Punjab Pollution Control Board has decided to initiate a project under which the sullied water will be treated and recycled for irrigation.

The project is being drawn in association with the Irrigation Department.

The state government is working on linking the Sutlej, Beas and Ghaggar th

The Union Government has decided in principle to bail out Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh from the repeated fury of the Ghaggar river by sanctioning a Rs 1,150-crore national project. The project will aim to use the flood water for ground water recharging in the region.

Minister asks central government to caution Delhi, Himachal, UP and Punjab governments.

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