Bansadhara water dispute: Centre, Andhra to furnish replies before tribunal

Bhubaneswar: The Centre and Andhra Pradesh will furnish their replies before the Bansadhara water dispute tribunal on April 2, 3 and 4. The Centre will file its reply on April 2, while Andhra Pradesh will furnish the same on April 3 and 4.

According to sources, chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mukundam Sharma conducted the hearing today and issued the directives after hearing the arguments of Odisha.

Odisha, in its argument claimed that both the Katragadda and Nereddy projects on the Bansadhara river were undertaken without approval from the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the State demanded a joint survey of both the projects.

Andhra Pradesh’s counsel, SY Rajgopal said “Odisha presented its arguments before the tribunal today. The Centre and Andhra Pradesh will file their arguments in the next hearing on April 2, 3 and 4.”

Wassim Kadri, advocate for the Central government said “Today Odisha presented its arguments. We will present our arguments on April 2.”

On January 22, the tribunal had directed the Odisha and Andhra Pradesh governments to hold a meeting to narrow down any differences on Katragadda and Nereddy projects.

However yesterday, Andhra Pradesh advocate Rajagopal informed the tribunal that the meeting between the members of the joint technical teams from both states held on January 28 failed to yield any result.