The Vamsadhara River originates in Orissa, flows for 154 km in that State, 29 km along the boundary between Orissa and Andhra Pradesh and further 82 km in Andhra Pradesh.

The Vamsadhara Water Dispute Tribunal has allowed Andhra Pradesh to construct Kattragadda side weir with certain conditions. It will help irrigate atleast 45,000 acres in Srikakulam district.

The Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said the decision of the Tribunal will help fulfil the long pending demand of the people of the backward areas of Srikakulam district.

The Vamsadhara River originates in Orissa, flows for 154 km in that State, 29 km along the boundary between Orissa and Andhra Pradesh and further 82 km in Andhra Pradesh.

On September 30, 1962 an agreement was concluded between Orissa and Andhra Pradesh to share waters on 50:50 basis. The State Government proposed to take up the Vamsadhara Project in two stages. The Stage- I consisting of Gotta barrage and Left Main Canal to irrigate an ayacut of 1.48 lakh acres by utilizing 17.841 TMC of river water. The works were completed.

Under Stage II, it is proposed to irrigate 1.07 lakh acres with 16.048 TMC of water.

Due to delay in obtaining concurrence from Government of Orissa for acquisition of 106 acres of land for construction of Neradi barrage, AP had to take up Vamsadhara Stage-II in two phases.

Now 8 TMC of water is proposed to be diverted through the Side Weir forms and constitutes a part of 50 per cent share of AP and therefore, there could be no objection from the State of Orissa on that score also.

The Tribunal set up in 2009 is of the considered opinion that AP has been able to establish that balance of convenience is on their side and also that they would suffer irreparable loss and injury, if the Side Weir is not allowed to be constructed.

The burden which is on the shoulder of State of Orissa to prove a strong prime facie case in its favour could not be discharged. Rather the facts and documents on record tilt the scale in favour of the State of Andhra Pradesh, an official release stated.

Considering the entire facts and circumstances of the case, the Tribunal allowed the Government of Andhra Pradesh to construct the Side Channel Weir along with the ancillary works as proposed, but with certain conditions.

Somasekhar.m@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on December 18, 2013)
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