A RIPPLE BECOMES A TORRENT
29.1.1955 Agreement executed for sharing of waters of Ravi and Beas between the then state of PEPSU,
Punjab, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir.
19.09.1960 Indus Water Treaty signed with Pakistan for Sutlej, Beas and Ravi waters.
1.11.1966 Punjab bifurcated and Haryana made a separate state under Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966.
February 1971 Centre’s high-level panel recommends 3.782 MAF water to Haryana and 3.087 MAF to Punjab
24.03.1976 Government of India comes out with plans for construction of SYL canal and issues
notification for allocating surplus Ravi-Beas waters to Punjab and Haryana.
1976 Construction of SYL begins in Haryana
31.12.1981 Haryana completes construction of syl canal in the portion falling in the State
31.12.1981 Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan sign water sharing treaty.
31.12.1981 Punjab asked to complete the SYL portion falling in the State within two years.
8.4.1982 The then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visits Punjab to launch construction of SYL canal at Kapoori village. Congress leaders welcome Indira Gandhi.
24.07.1985 Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi and the then President of Akali Dal, Sant Harchand Singh Longowal sign a settlement accord to complete SYL canal by 15.08.1986
05.11.1985 Punjab Vidha Sabha passes a resolution against the water sharing Treaty of 31.12.1981
30.01.1987 National Water Tribunal directs Punjab Government to complete SYL canal construction in its portion expeditiously. About 90 percent construction completed.
July 1990 Punjab disagrees with the water sharing treaty and stops construction of SYL canal
20.02.1991 Border Roads Organisation asked to complete SYL canal construction
12.03.1994 Fresh agreement signed for sharing water of Yamuna river between Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh
July 1995 White Paper by Punjab suggests that Haryana be given water from Bhakra Canal System and not from SYL canal.
15.01 2002 The Supreme Court directs Punjab to complete SYL canal construction within one year
March 2002 Supreme Court refuses to admit Punjab’s review petition in SYL case.
2003 Another petition filed in Supreme Court by Punjab Government seeking discharge from responsibility of SYL canal construction henceforth.
04.06. 2004 Union government directed by the Supreme Court to complete construction of SYL canal
through a high-powered committee
12.07.2004 During Congress regime in Punjab under Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh a resolution is moved in Punjab Vidhan Sabha leading to enactment of Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004
28.02.2005 Hearing on the Presidential reference on Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004
begins in Supreme Court.
14.03.2016 Punjab SYL Link Canal Land (Transfer of Property Rights) Bill, 2016 passed in Punjab Vidhan Sabha unanimously. The State resolves to return 3,928 acres of land acquired for SYL canal to farmers free of cost.
14.03.2016 The Manohar Lal government in Haryana opposes the Punjab SYL Canal Land (Transfer of
Property Rights) Bill, 2016 and pleads against it in the Supreme Court.
15.03.2016 Farmers begin filling SYL in Punjab side. Thousands of trees are felled overnight and SYL dismantled at various places.
16.03.2016 Punjab directed by the Supreme Court to maintain status quo on the SYL Canal.
28.03.2016 Punjab government directed by the Supreme Court file its reply
31.03.2016 The SYL case to come up for hearing before the Supreme Court.