Today, all the Punjab registered vehicles were prohibited from entering Haryana by the members of Haryana’s main opposition party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) over the Satluj- Yamuna Link (SYL) canal row. The INLD activists led by party’s leader, Abhay Chautala had blocked the roads, especially on the borders with Punjab near Ambala and Sirsa districts to show off their agitation.
Punjab vehicles prohibited to enter Haryana by INLD
Even though the protest was a symbolic and peaceful one, the agitators have disrupted the movement of all vehicles coming from the adjoining state border of Punjab except the ambulances. They had blocked the road by placing tyres, parking their cars, buses, trucks and by themselves sitting with an intent to protest. In order to avoid inconvenience, the traffic was diverted at various places. Even, the Punjab Roadways and Punjab’s Pepsu Road Transport Corporation buses did not ply on the Haryana- Delhi route.
Reason for no entry to Punjab vehicles in Haryana by INLD
The reason behind disrupting the traffic inlet from Punjab into Haryana was to cause inconvenience to the commuters and convey the message to the Punjab government to amicably settle down on linking the Satluj- Yamuna Linking (SYL) canal. The INLD activists want that the Punjab government must share the river water with Haryana state as ruled out by the Supreme Court. The INLD activists intend to bring it to the notice of Punjab and the Central Government that SYL is Haryana’s lifeline and they should take up the matter of constructing SYL canal for them to receive a rightful share of water.
Special forces including commandos, police and other paramilitaries were deployed at various locations where both the states share borders with each other. The INLD activists had gathered near the Ambala-Shambu Toll Plaza, which is on the Punjab border and had forced the closure of transportation to get hold of any kind of scuffle and blazed mob.
Today, the traffic coming from Punjab was diverted to routes, including Panchkula-Nada Sahib and Ghanaur-Pehowa while over 1,000 personnel from Punjab Police were deployed to maintain law and order within Panchkula-Chandigarh-Mohali.