Berhampur, Dec 25 (LocalWire) The Vansadhara Water Dispute Tribunal (VWDT), constituted by the Supreme Court to solve the five-decade-old dispute between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh over sharing of Vansadhara river, visited Sara and Badigaon villages, located on the river bank 20in Gajapati district on Tuesday and took the stock of the situation.
A five-member team, led by tribunal head by Justice Mukundam Sharma, two members BN Chaturvedi and Pratibha Rani and two assessors, along with a registrar visited the site to take stock of the actual situation.
Pertinently, the Odisha governed had filed for modification appeal to its final report in 2017, which had gone in favour of Andhra Pradesh.
The judgment came on September 13, 2017.
During the hearing, the tribunal wanted to visit the sites to take stock of the physical position.
Accordingly they visited both the states and held formal discussions with officials, said chief engineer-cum basin manager, Rushikulya Vansadhara and Nagabali (RVN) basin manager Saroj Kumar Patnaik.
Sara and Badigaon are located on the opposite sides of Naredi and Katragada, where the Andhra Pradesh government was constructing the
Vansadhara II project by allegedly diverting water from Odisha side.
The tribunal visited Neredi, Katragada, Hiramandalam and Gotta in Andhra Pradesh on Monday before visiting Gajapati.
The Andhra government has proposed to divert the river water from Katragadda to Hiramandalam reservoir, instead of Naredi barrage.
The dispute between the two states started in 1990s when Odisha had raised objection on the Rs 950-crore Naredi project. Odisha had moved the apex court in 2006.
Odisha feared several villages in Gajapati and Rayagada districts would be submerged, while drinking water problem will arise in the area if water of the river is diverted from Odisha to Andhra Pradesh.
The state government said it also violated the water sharing agreement between the two states signed in 1961.