Bhubaneswar, March 5 (LocalWire): A special tribunal constituted to address the Vamsadhara water dispute between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh will resume its hearing on Wednesday, a lawyer said.
The court made the announcement after a lawyer representing Andhra Pradesh informed it on Tuesday that the January 28 meeting of a joint technical team of the two states has failed to yield any result.
“The representatives of both the states had met on January 28 but they could not reach any consensus,” lawyer Y. Rajagopal told the court, OTV reported.
On January 22, the tribunal had directed the states to set up a joint team of engineers for holding a meeting to narrow down differences on Katragadda and Nereddy barrages, and submit a report.
Vamsadhara river basin covers about 8,000 sq km in Odisha and nearly 3,000 sq km in Andhra Pradesh.
Both sides had entered into an agreement to use the 115 TMC water available for use in 50:50 ratio.
While Andhra Pradesh has built the Katragadda and Nereddy barrages to put its share of water for use, Odisha hasn’t constructed new projects in the area.
Orissa, though, raised objections to the Neredi barrage on the grounds that it caused extensive flood damage in its territory, and sent a formal complaint to the center in 2006 under the ISRWD Act, 1956.
Andhra, on the other hand, complained that Odisha diverted its share to adjacent Rushikulya river basin by constructing the Harabhangi dam without taking a prior consent.