As the Supreme Court today told the governments of Punjab and Haryana to first build the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal before bringing their respective points of view and challenges on the vexed issue before it, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) alleged that the Central government is trying to delay the top court's orders.
"Everyone has a right to expression in this democratic nation. There will be no interruption due to protests in the Supreme Court's order. The Central Government is trying to delay the Supreme Court's order," INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala told ANI.
The Supreme Court also fixed September 7 as the next date of hearing for the case.
Traffic was also stopped near Dabwali in Sirsa district.
Road links to Delhi and Amritsar were also blocked as part of the protest.
Ambulances and fire brigades, however, were allowed to pass.
Security personnel in riot gear, riot-control vehicles and other equipment were patrolling key points in both states to maintain law and order.
Vehicles are being stopped on the Lalru-Chandigarh stretch, Ambala-Shambhu border, Narwana-Dhanauri border, Ratia-Budhlada Road (Jakhal point) in Fatehabad district and Dabwali in Sirsa district.
It also directed Punjab to mobilise a central agency to take control of the canal works immediately and complete it expeditiously.
Both states, however, have repeatedly created obstacles, which has prevented the project from taking off.
The Supreme Court has been approached by both and asked to define river water sharing norms.
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