Illusion of surplus Ravi-Beas waters

May 19, 2017 07:15 AM

Chandigarh : Punjab knows that not only is Himachal an upper riparian state to Sutlej, Beas and Ravi rivers but Jammu & Kashmir is an upper riparian state of river Ravi. The position that Yamuna water allocations to Haryana should have no bearing on the distribution of Ravi-Beas waters, is self-defeating. Why should Yamuna waters which formed an asset of joint Punjab before reorganization, be earmarked for the exclusive usage of Haryana, when Haryana has been entitling itself to waters of Ravi-Beas on an equal footing with Punjab.

Like a division of assets in an agrarian feudal family where everything has to be divided equally, Haryana insisted on an equal division of river waters. It was oblivious of laws of nature which determine the flow and use of river waters on a riparian basis and not on the whims of partisan elders. River water allocations to Punjab, out of the total availability of water in the three rivers (34.34 MAF), is only 14.22 MAF.  Haryana should invest financially and politically to utilise 2.01 MAF of Yamuna waters rather than looking at 1.33 MAF of illusionary water from Ravi-Beas.

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