Neighboring states Punjab and Harayana have moved to Superme Court after filling affidavits claiming Rs. 1,600 crore construction cost from Himachal Pradesh as the latter claiming payment of Rs. 4,249 crore on Superme Court verdict in September 27, 2011 had uphold state claims.

In the affidavits moved before the division bench of apex court by Punjab and Haryana, both had denied of liabilities of Rs. 4,249 crore owing to Bhakara and BBMB hydro project.

The states pleaded before the Supreme Court that HP have to pay increased cost of BBMB which was around Rs. 1,600 crore yet to pay by the petitioners.

This hill state did not get the justice even from the center which reduced Himachal Pradesh claim to just Rs. 1,497 crore whereas the Supreme Court had directed the center and respondents Punjab and Haryana to settle the claims of Rs. 4,249 crore after finding it justified.

Leader of opposition and former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal had also charged the state Congress rule in statement recently that state leadership were busy in offering flower bouquet to center leaders and could not expedite the entitlement into Punjab Reorganization Act.

“Eight months of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh rule could not take up the issue emphatically, moreover, it remained soft to his counter part in Haryana had to pay Rs. 600 crore”, Mr. Dhumal alleged.

Punjab and Haryana are beneficiaries of Bhakara and BBMB hydro project in which many farmers in Himachal Pradesh were displaced during its construction in the erstwhile Punjab.

Courtesy: Himvani

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