Haryana gets 63 per cent share of Bhakra canal waters: Minister

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Chandigarh, Mar 18 (UNI) Haryana gets 63.48 per cent share of the waters of the Bhakra Main Line (BML) canal, which has a total capacity of 12,455 cusecs at RD-0, Irrigation Minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon told the state assembly here today.

Haryana gets 7907 cusecs water while Punjab gets 3162 cusecs, which is 25.39 per cent of the total capacity of the BML canal, he said while replying to Ajit Singh Mofar (Cong) during question hour.

Regarding the status of Preference Order of off-taking canals from Bhakra canal during the Rabi season, the Minister said that the off-taking canals feeding Punjab area from Bhakra canal (above Haryana Contact Point) are divided into two groups--- Group 'A' (direct off-taking canals) and Group-B (Ghaggar link and Patiala Navigation channels). Both groups are given supply for eight days continusouly in rotation during the Rabi season, he added.

The level of the Bhakra Main Canal at its head is 925.52 feet (depth 20.20 ft) and at RD 390250 (HCP) from where water is released to Haryana is 777.86 feet (depth 18.90 ft).

Since water is supplied to Punjab and Haryana states through this canal simultaneously, the question of maintaining different level does not arise, he told the member while pointing out that the BML only closes for repairs.

Regarding another question raised by Charanjit Singh Channi (Ind), Mr Sekhon said that partial desilting/removing of 'bela' from river Sutlej near Boat Club, Ropar was carried out in 1987-88. A proposal to desilt it again at a cost of Rs 201 lakhs is under consideration of the irrigation department, he added.

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