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Farakka leak probe

New Delhi, Feb. 23: The Centre today ordered a probe into the causes of the snag at Farakka barrage that has led to excess water flowing to Bangladesh, a day after Mamata Banerjee met the Prime Minister and lodged a strong protest.

“The Centre has ordered an inquiry into the circumstances leading to the failure of Gate Nos. 13 and 16 of the barrage. The inquiry will be conducted by the chairman, Central Water Commission, R.C. Jha, and the report will be submitted within 15 working days,” said a release issued by the ministry of water resources.

Mamata had lodged a protest when she met Manmohan Singh yesterday.

She had said the failure of the two gates had led to 88 per cent water going to Bangladesh instead of the 33 per cent under a bilateral agreement.

The chief minister had also claimed the failure of the two sluice gates was “man-made”.

“It is a man-made disaster. Bengal has been deprived of precious water and power. There is now less water in the Haldi and Bhagirathi rivers. Who will compensate (the state) for the loss?” Mamata had said.

The chief minister returned to Calcutta this evening.