Haryana’s principal Opposition party, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), on Monday asked the Centre to take steps for an early completion of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal. Leader of the Opposition in Haryana Assembly Abhay Singh Chautala-led delegation met Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari and impressed upon him the early completion of the SYL canal as directed by the Supreme Court. They also requested him to urge the Haryana government to follow the Supreme Court directive regarding compensation to the farmers whose land is to be acquired for the Dadupur-Nalvi canal and continue with the project.Mr. Chautala drew the attention of Mr. Gadkari to the fast depleting ground water in the State. “As it is, South Haryana has already become ‘dark zone’ and a worried Supreme Court has put restrictions on construction. North Haryana, the basmati bowl of the State, too has slipped in the ‘critical’ zone. Thus almost the whole of the State is sliding towards ‘dark’ zone and hence would become infertile and desert due to unavailability of water,” he said. This would have serious repercussions on the social and economic front, he added.Mr. Chautala said that Mr. Gadkari assured them that if the Dadupur-Nalvi canal project were scrapped, the Centre would contribute towards meeting the additional expenses.