Chandigarh: In the wake of Supreme Court direction for maintenance of status quo on land meant for Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar hoped that "status quo ante as it existed on March 14, 2016 has been restored in respect of the Punjab portion of the SYL canal."
"I hope that you will put an end to the free run of the hoodlums who have felled thousands of trees, destroyed wildlife, flattened structures and filled up the SYL Canal," Khattar said in a letter to his Punjab counterpart Parkash Singh Badal, which was released to the media here tonight.
Khattar said, "I suggest that strict action be initiated against the officers and officials who were mute spectators and silent collaborators in this brazen display of utter lawlessness."
"I will be delighted to receive a communication that status quo ante has it existed on March 14, 2016 has been restored in respect of the Punjab portion of the lifeline of Haryana viz., the SYL canal," Khattar said in his two page letter sent to Badal today.
He told Badal, "Upon a reference by us, the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India has appointed your Chief Secretary and Director General of Police as Court Receivers of the all lands, works and property in the Punjab portion of the SYL. It has also directed them to maintain status quo with regard to these."
Khattar had earlier returned the cheque for Rs 191.75 crore "in original" which Punjab had sent yesterday for Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal saying "hope that good sense will prevail and the people of Haryana will be given their due and legitimate share in the Ravi Beas waters through the SYL canal at the earliest."
The letter said, "further for over three decades now the SYL has been a Central Project for which the Government of India has already reimbursed to both the states money spent in Punjab portion of the SYL. On this score alone the drawing out of any money from the Consolidated Fund of Punjab for payment to us is a gross irregularity."
Khattar told Badal that he was writing in his response to his letter of on Wednesday with which the cheque was sent.