Claim of Haryana and Punjab on Chandigarh is a long-pending issue-Manoher Lal.

Chandigarh, Oct 11—The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has said that the claim of Haryana and Punjab on Chandigarh is a long-pending issue which can be settled only on the basis of mutual understanding between the two states.
He was replying to the queries of media persons after visiting Dera Seechewal and Sultanpur Lodhi, near Jalandhar, today.

The Chief Minister said that since Swachhta Abhiyan was being run in the country, he visited Seechewal village and Sultanpur Lodhi to see for himself the waste water treatment projects. Hailing Seechewal as an ideal model, he said it should be popularised and replicatyed elsewhere. The project is being run free of cost and such projects can help in keeping our villages neat and clean. The Haryana Government would adopt the model of Waste Water Treatment Plant of Seechewal for the revival of Saraswati river, he added.

Replying to a question regarding the moisture cut being charged from the paddy growers, Mr Manohar Lal said it had become necessary to adopt this formula as there used to be a number of complaints regarding overcharging by millers and arhtiyas in the name of moisture content. Adoption of this formula has put a check on such complaints. Both farmers and arhtiyas are happy with this decision of the government.

He said that no money was being charged from those farmers whose crops had moisture content of up of to 17 per cent. Asked about the burning of ‘prali’ (stubble), he said that it was wrong to burn prali as it led to pollution and affected the environment. The state government would soon introduce a project under which power would be generated from ‘prali’ for which an agreement has been signed with Indian Oil Corporation.

Earlier, the Chief Minister also visited Gurudwara Ber Sahib and enjoyed motorboat ride with Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal in holy Bein River. He also took a round of the nursery in Dera Seechewal, planted a sapling near the waste water treatment plant and appreciated the works being done by Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal at the Dera.