SC welcomes Centre’s steps on SYL

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed with the Centre’s efforts to resolve the inter-State dispute between Punjab and Haryana over the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal by calling a high-level meeting on April 20.

A Bench led by Justice P.C. Ghose said the court too did not want to “shut its doors” for the possibility of an out-of-court amicable settlement of the dispute as is being attempted by the Centre.

The court decided to wait till April 27 to see the outcome of the April 20 meeting before continuing with a legal course of action.

So far, Punjab has refused any liability on its part to share water with Haryana.

The court had stood firm by its decision to construct Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal and urged the neighbouring two States to maintain law and order at any cost.

The Supreme Court had called for status quo in the dispute amidst Punjab’s affidavit that the Punjab Termination of Water Agreement Act of 2004 was still in force.

The court had asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, for the Centre, that the Union government should don the role of an arbitrator.

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