The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered status quo on the SYL canal and appointed the union home secretary as well as the Punjab chief secretary and DGP as receiver of the canal for the purpose of maintenance of status quo.
The apex court constitution bench headed by Justice Anil R. Dave passed the status quo order on an application by Haryana, bringing to the notice of the court the attempts to damage and level the SYL canal.
The Punjab Assembly had passed a Bill on March 14 for returning the SYL canal land to farmers. Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki is yet to give his assent to the legislation.
The SYL canal is meant for enabling Haryana to draw its share of water from the Ravi and Beas rivers.