Berhampur, March 6 (Localwire): Government officials of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on Thursday conducted a joint survey to demarcate a portion of the area in Kharakhari village under Ganjam district’s Chikiti tehsil following allegations by villagers of the border area that people from Andhra Pradesh were lifting the river sands from their area illegally.
“A joint survey was conducted by the revenue department of Chikiti and Ichhapuram in Andhra Pradesh. After the survey, it was concluded that the village Kharakhari belongs to Odisha.
However, a portion of the village, on the bank of river Kharakhari, belongs to Andhra Pradesh,” said Sub Collector, Berhampur, Shinde Duttatraya Bhausaheb.
“Since the area is part of Andhra Pradesh, we can’t say anything to the neighboring district administration if the people lift the sand from the area,” he said.
The joint survey was conducted in the presence of police of both the districts, said Tehsildar, Chikiti, Hara Prasad Bhoi.
No untoward incident was reported during the survey, he said.
Villagers of Kharakhari fear if people from the Andhra side lift the river sand unchecked then it could pose an ecological threat to them.
They urged the state government to intervene in the matter.
Kharakhari, a small village in Kalabada panchayat, is located on the border of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.