The Tribune 15th December 2017
Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann:
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that since the water running and sharing principle has already been settled constitutionally which is akin to the riparian principle according to which the waters flowing through a state are the sole treasure of that state, and in this case the Punjab state has full rights of the waters that flow through it, we do not think the Punjab government should participate in this meeting which would mean that the Punjab state concedes the right of other states to its exclusive water rights.
Our party would suggest that in order to clear the constitutional right of the Punjab state to its waters, the Punjab government should challenge the Punjab Reorganisation Act of 1966 in the Supreme Court.
In this context our party would also want to know why Punjab state has not been kept a partner in the Indus Water Treaty of 19 September 1960. The Punjab government must open up this case with the Union government and have this legal lacuna settled.
We would also want to know how the waters of three Punjab River’s- Sutlej, Beas and Ravi are being drained out to Rajasthan against the riparian constitutional provision. A whole canal filled with the waters of River Ravi is made to flow into the River Beas and eventually into the Sutlej and finally to the monstrous canals built to make all this water flow into Rajasthan. We would suggest that the canal carrying the waters of River Ravi should run along the Radcliffe Line on the border, irrigating the parched lands in district Tarntaran, Patti sub-division and if necessary into River Sutlej thereafter. These areas are totally denuded of irrigation waters. The underground waters of sub-division Patti are saline and hostile to growing good, healthy and productive crops. I write this with authority as I have been a Member of Parliament from these areas.
Simranjit Singh Mann (firstname.lastname@example.org)