The Satluj-Yamuna-Link Canal was first suggested in 1982., which aims the water from Punjab would be transported via this canal to neighbouring states like Haryana.
As soon as this project was released, people of Punjab started protesting against it. Even the political leaders of Punjab were against it. Even after the major protest from Punjab, the Central government was in no mood to takedown the project.
On July 23, 1990, the meeting about the construction of the SYL Canal was held in Sector 26, Chandigarh. During that time, Balwinder Singh Jattana, along with 3, reached the head office of the SYL project in Chandigarh Sector 26.
It was reported that Balwinder, along with his freinds, entered the building and assassinated M.S. Sikri and Avtar Aulakh, the Chief engineer of the SYL project. And then, after their assassination, the project of SYL was pulled off.
As a result police reached Bhai Jattanas home and killed four members of the Jattana's family including grandmother Dwarkee Kaur, 80, Aunt Jasmair Kaur, 40; cousin Manpreet Kaur, 13, and nephew Simranjeet Singh (5 years).
A Rs. 16 lakh monetary reward has been set on Balwinder Singh's head. On Sept 4, 1991 Bhai Jattana was killed in an encounter with the police. However, Bhai Balwiner Singh Jattana has a special honourable image in hearts of Punjabi's as he sacrificed his life for the well- being of Punjab.
Tslking about the current situation of this project, the project isstill under construction. The canal is 85% complete with Haryana government completing its part of the canal. Punjab is still fighting for its rights over the water of Punjab.