Bansadhara Water Dispute: Odisha, AP to conduct joint survey

Bhubaneswar: The Bansadhara Tribunal today directed Odisha and Andhra Pradesh governments to carry out a joint survey by technical committees in Neredi project area in supervision of Central Water Commission officials.

The technical teams of both the states are directed to hold deliberations with officials of Central Water Commission (CWC). They  will also conduct a survey of around 106 acre area along the river bed.

“As a whopping 106 acre of land are going to submerge in Odisha, the tribunal asked both the state to cooperate . The technical persons who will conduct the survey should not be below the rank of Superintendent rank”   said Lawyer Radhashyam Jena.

The survey report is likely to be submitted before July 8 and the Tribunal will conduct its next hearing taking into account the survey report.

Earlier, Odisha  in its argument claimed that both the Katragadda and Neredi 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.

Following which chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mukundam Sharma, conducted the hearing  on March 6 and directed the centre and Andhra Pradesh to furnish their replies before the Bansadhara water dispute tribunal in the first week of April.