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SYL: Farmers to send 2 lakh letters to CJI, Prez


SYL: Farmers to send 2 lakh letters to CJI, Prez

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, August 6

Having lost all hopes from the state government, Punjab farmers under the banner of BKU (Rajewal) have decided to send two lakh emotional letters to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) and President with all details of the state to oppose the completion of the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal. Farmers have started sending letters from each village of Punjab.

“We will send one lakh letter to the CJI and another one lakh to the President to oppose the construction of the SYL with all required details. Though our apex court has directed both Punjab and Haryana states to resolve the SYL canal issue before the next date of hearing on September 3, but Punjab farmers have lost all hopes from the government as politicians are not serious to solve the issue,” alleged Niranjan Singh Dohla, Punjab secretary of BKU (Rajewal) after a meeting at Dhuri.

Leaders of the BKU (R) have got printed two lakh letters and getting these signed from individual farmers of Punjab with their name and complete address. In a one-page letter, farmers have given details about the rising needs of water in Punjab and said to grow paddy and wheat, Punjab farmers had overexploited their groundwater and the state had reached on the verge of becoming barren. They have also shared details of various rivers, including Sutlej, Beas and Ravi.

“Water table has already depleted to alarming proportions in Punjab due to its overexploitation while canal water is only alternative left for Punjab. But the construction of the SYL will kill Punjab,” alleged Dohla.

Leaders of the BKU (R) are visiting various villages, conducting meetings, sharing details of letters and also trying to mobilise support for their cause so that they could start protest also, if need arises.

“Earlier water was available at around 100 ft, but now it has gone down to more than 300 ft because all farmers have overexploited groundwater. We have high hopes from the apex court and President that they would give serious thought to our demands,” said Malkiat Singh Lakhmirwala, another state secretary of the BKU (R).

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