New Delhi: A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanded the Prime Minister for a high-level inquiry into Farakka barrage leakage, the Central Government on Thursday ordered probe into the consequences leading to collapse of the sluice gates.

“Central Water Commission Chairman R C Jha will look into the matter and find the circumstances that led to breakage of the two sluice gates (Gate 13 and Gate 16) of Farakka Barrage and will submit the probe report within 15 days,” Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said.

Banerjee had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday on the lines of NCTC row and had also discussed the barrage leakage issue with him. Sources claim that the chief minister had expressed apprehensions of planned conspiracy in the entire episode and had demanded probe.

Banerjee had complained to the Prime Minister that Bangladesh is getting around 88 percent of water due to the leakage which has left as a result of which the state rivers, including Bhagirathi, are suffering from lack of water.

This is moreover, leading to thermal power crisis and affecting water supply in the state.