Himachal CM Sukhu meets Mann, clarifies on water cess issue

Updated: Mar 29 2023 7:45PM

Chandigarh, Mar 29 (PTI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Wednesday clarified that the water cess will be levied only on the hydropower plants within their own state adding that it will not be applicable in Punjab, according to a Punjab government statement.

Himachal Pradesh's neighbouring states Punjab and Haryana had last week claimed the cess imposed under the HP Water Cess on Hydro Power Generation Act, 2023 is in violation of the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956 and the state assemblies of the two states had also passed resolutions in this regard condemning the move.

During a meeting with Sukhu here, Punjab Chief Minister Mann expressed concern over HP's move on water cess issue, said the statement.