Chandigarh: Expressing concern over the depleting ground water level in the state, the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Thursday passed a unanimous resolution urging the Punjab government to take immediate steps for saving the ground water of the state.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Rana KP Singh today announced to constitute a high level committee for exploring the ways and means to recharge the water table. The decision came after MLA Mr Kuldeep Singh Vaid, while participating in the debate on deteriorating ground water table in the state, proposed the constitution of a committee to study the matter. Immediately swinging into action the Speaker of Vidhan Sabha announced to constitute the committee which would submit the report within three months.

The Speaker said that the matter was too serious and as the worthy members of the house have taken up this issue so it is the moral duty of the house to intervene in the matter. Rana KP Singh urged the Punjab government to depute the Principal Secretary Water Resources department for assisting the committee. He said that besides looking into this grave matter the Committee will also propose ways and means to recharge the water table so that this precious natural resource can be saved for the coming generations.

Unanimously welcoming the announcement of the Speaker, the entire house thanked him by thumping the tables . Taking part in discussion Cabinet Ministers Manpreet Singh Badal and Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa said that water is the most precious resource for human existence. They said that the state government is duty-bound to save the water for our coming generations. Both the Ministers said that the government is already sensitised towards this issue and no stone will be left unturned for this noble cause.

Earlier, the discussion on this crucial issue was embarked by MLA Harminder Singh Gill whereas Leader of opposition Harpal Singh Cheema, MLAs Rana Gurjit Singh, Harinderpal Singh Chandumajra, Kuldeep Singh Vaid, Gurpratap Singh Wadala, Aman Arora, Kanwar Sandhu and others also took part in discussion.