Centre Asks Raj Govt To Stop Work Of Eastern Canal Project | Jaipur News

Jaipur: Chief minister Ashok Gehlot has charged the Centre with crossing the line of cooperative federalism by directing them to stop work of the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP) while addressing a workshop of ERCP with the Congress leaders at his residence on Saturday.
Taking a strong line against the Centre’s letter, Gehlot cleared that they have taken a pledge to continue the project work with their resources while the calling the Centre has no legal say in dictating their terms on the project.
The ERCP, touted as the lifeline of the 13 eastern districts in the state, has become a flashpoint between the state and the Centre over sharing of funds and inter-state issues with Madhya Pradesh.
Gehlot alleged that Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat of creating obstacles in the way of the project preventing the people to access drinking water and irrigation. The project covers 40% of the population in the state.
“The secretary of the JSM has written it to the chief secretary of the state directing that until the issues with the Madhya Pradesh are resolved all kinds of progress work should be stopped immediately. How can the central government ask us to stop the work when the state is meeting the project cost and utilising the state’s share of water? Why the central government is trying to stop residents from drinking water and farmers from irrigation water?” Gehlot asked.
He cautioned the state government that the obstacle they are creating would also impact their own tap water connections project– Jal Jeevan Mission,” said Gehlot. While hitting at Shekhawat, he added that once in a press conference, he said that the state should drop the irrigation component from the scheme.
“How PM Narendra Modi’s ambitious plan of doubling income would be achieved if farmers will get the water. I firmly say that irrigation component will never be dropped,” said Gehlot.
He argued that the Union minister is spreading a lie that Rajasthan has not resolved the issues with the MP on the sharing of the water.
“The project doesn’t require any permission from the MP as per the understanding between the two states in 2005. The project is entirely based on the share of state water, and it is just a way for the centre to disrobe the state people from their right,” further said Gehlot.

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