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Haryana won't leave a drop of water due from Punjab: Hooda

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Chandigarh, Oct 23 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today asserted that he would not leave even a single drop of the state's share of Ravi-Beas waters due from Punjab.

''We are not begging for water from Punjab. This is our share--the state's legitimate right,'' he said while responding to reporters' queries with regard to the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue.

Mr Hooda was commenting on the statement of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh that Punjab did not have even a single drop of water to spare for Haryana.

When a correspondent pointed out that Capt Singh was quite adamant on the issue, Mr Hooda quipped: ''I am also adamant on the issue.'' To a question, Mr Hooda said the state government had urged the Central government to fix the Minimum Support Price of wheat at Rs 850 per quintal in the interest of the farming community.

In response to a query on the state government's demand for setting up a separate High Court, Mr Hooda said the process was on.

The state's separate High Court would be set up in Chandigarh, he reiterated.

Ragarding the availability of adequate power for the future industrial units in the state, the Chief Minister said steps were being taken to generate 5000 MW to 7000 MW of additional power.

He said apart from signing long-term agreements for purchase of power, a 1500 MW power plant would be set up by NTPC, out of which half of the power would be made available to Haryana and the other half would go to Delhi.

Power plants of 1200 MW each would be set up at Hisar and Jhajjar while a 1000 MW plant would be established at Panipat. Also, a 600 MW power plant was being set up at Yamunanagar, he added.

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