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Raje requests PM to intervene in water release from Punjab

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Jaipur, Mar 22 (UNI) Rajasthan has solicited Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's help in the matter of release of additional water to the state from Punjab.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia has requested him to intervene in the release of water to the Indira Gandhi Canal from the Pong dam in Punjab.

Reiterating the legitimate demand of cultivators of Rajasthan, Ms Raje writes that Rajasthan requires 50,000 cusecs of water for seven days and until and unless the water is made available, the standing crops will be damaged.

She wrote: ''I request you to intervene and direct the state of Punjab to agree to our request.'' Ms Raje's letter to the PM is a follow up to the unanimous resolution passed by the Vidhan Sabha requesting Punjab to release water from Pong dam by allowing depletion in the level of water from 1301 feet to 1290 feet.

Punjab has refused to release water on the grounds that water level in Pong Dam has touched 1301 feet and cannot be allowed to go down further.

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