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Haryana Demands Its Rightful Share

This is with reference to the articles “Water War between Punjab and Haryana: A Geographical Insight” by H S Mangat and “Water Crisis in Punjab and Haryana: Politics of Sutlej–Yamuna Link Canal” by Sucha Singh Gill (EPW, 10 December 2016). The references in these articles reveal that a few academicians/journalists have repeatedly written in local newspapers whenever this issue has cropped up in the judiciary or otherwise.

Out of undivided Punjab’s total share of 7.20 million acre feet (MAF) at the time of the reorganisation of the state in 1966, 3.5 MAF of water was the share of Haryana. This allocation was made by the Government of India on the basis of the inter­national principle of peace and cooperation among sovereign countries. This principle was also applied for Pakistan’s share in the case of rivers flowing from India and in the case of some ­Indian states as well. The central government issued a notification on 24 March 1976 towards deciding Haryana’s share.

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