For the second consecutive day, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda raised the issue of water disputes with neighbouring Punjab and sought the intervention of the prime Minister.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today re-ignited the debate over river water sharing with neighbouring Punjab, saying his state was feeling ‘betrayed’ and blamed the Central government

The Centre today suggested in the Supreme Court that the dispute over the strengthening of the Hansi-Butana canal should be referred to an expert committee comprising members from Punjab, Haryana a

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Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, Finance, Irrigation, Forest & Environment Minister of Haryana today urged the Union Minister of Water Resources to take up the matter with the Supreme Court of India for getting the Presidential Reference regarding SYL decided soon so that construction of SYL canal could be completed at the earliest and Haryana could get its lawful share of water.


Following rains in Himachal Pradesh, the Markanda river and other seasonal rivulets which were flowing below the danger point, are now in spate. Seven persons, including three women, were swept away by the raging waters in the recent flash floods, but were all rescued alive.

After floods claimed 33 lives in Punjab and Haryana and caused an estimated loss of nearly Rs 1,400 crore, a blame game has started between the two states.

Ironically, the two states have been fighting over water issues in the past,

with Punjab maintaining that it did not have a drop to spare and Haryana remaining determined to have its share of water from its neighbouring state.

Several districts in Haryana were on high alert as heavy rain continued and the Yamuna rose further. As the Army struggled to plug the 40-foot breach in the SYL canal at village Jogan Khera near Jyotisar in Kurukshetra district, a fresh breach erupted at Darsi village. Over 40 villages in the district are now under water, the new breach at Darsi having flooded a dozen today.

With the flood situation in Patiala villages worsening following the breach in the SYL Canal on Tuesday night, Punjab has requisitioned the services of the National Disaster Response Force.

One Ram Singh, 17, of village Sarala Kalan in Ghanaur died and three others are still fighting for their life after they were electrocuted by an electric pole which fell into the water.

Less than a week before the Supreme Court fixes a date for conducting regular hearing on the Presidential reference on the legality of the controversial Punjab Termination of Agreement Act, 2004, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is scheduled to hold a crucial meeting with Union Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and some senior government functionaries on Wednesday.