New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked Delhi's three neighbouring states to make sure that supply of essential commodities including water to the national capital is not hampered in wake of Jat agitation for quota in central jobs.

A bench of Justices Altamas Kabir and Dalveer Bhandari specifically asked Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan governments to see to it that public transport facilities are not disrupted.

The bench, in its order, said, "The agitation should not interrupt the supply of water and essential commodities including milk and milk products. Essential commodities reaching Delhi either by road or railways should not be stopped. It is needless to say that the state governments shall take every necessary step in this regard."
 
The bench also asked the states to ensure that transportation of petroleum products from Mathura and Panipat oil refineries to Delhi should not be affected in any manner.

The bench issued these directions on two urgent petitions filed by the Delhi Jal Board and the Indian Oil Corporation during a special sitting held at the apex court, which is currently closed on account of Holi holidays.

"We are also directing the respondents (Governments of UP, Haryana and Rajasthan) that they will ensure that oil refineries of Panipat and Mathura are not affected and the supply and transportation of petroleum products either through pipelines or road and railways is not affected," it said.

The bench further said it was passing the order despite the reported statements of the chief ministers of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh indicating support to the agitation.

Issuing notices to the Haryana and UP governments, the bench posted the matter for hearing after two weeks.


(Agencies)