Welcoming the Supreme Court’s decision to give two months’ time to resolve the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) issue, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday once again urged the central government to facilitate dialogue with Haryana for "early resolution” of the issue.
Saying that the problem can be solved only through negotiation, Amarinder said while "Punjab did not want to deprive anyone of water”, shortage of the essential commodity in Punjab prevented the state from sharing it.
"The state is taking steps to conserve depleting groundwater and has set up a department for groundwater management to assess availability of water and take steps for its conservation,” he said.
He appealed to the Centre to initiate talks at the earliest to find an amicable solution to the problem, given the prevailing water situation.
Noting that the central government had showed its keenness to find a solution to the issue, Amarinder said he was confident that the matter could be thrashed out by sitting across the table and taking into account all aspects of the problem. He also welcomed the Supreme Court’s directive to stop all agitations concerning the SYL, saying neither Punjab nor Haryana could afford to spiral into violence.