For the construction of the Neradi Barrage across the river Vamsadhara, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy wrote a letter to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for his cooperation in the construction process.
According to the official reports, Andhra Pradesh CM stated that the Vamsadhara Water Disputes Tribunal (VWDT) pronounced its final order in September 2017, explicitly allowing Andhra Pradesh to take up the construction of the barrage and its ancillary structures.
He also stated that the tribunal has also given permission to construct the head sluice on the left side of the barrage to serve the requirements of Odisha as well. He also sought an appointment with the Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik so that they can discuss and solve the issue over the barrage problem.
Later he also explained the importance of this project where he stated that at least 75 per cent of floodwater goes to waste into the sea every year and the farmers of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha are eagerly waiting for the construction of the bridge.
Jagan further added that Odisha has filed a clarification before the tribunal and a special leave partition in the Supreme Court wherein it has raises some concerns which mostly about the function of the supervisory committee and these issues can be amicably resolved between both the State governments before the commencement of the operation of Neradi Barrage.
In the letter, Jagan wrote – “I, therefore, request your kind cooperation in construction of Neradi Barrage by offering the acceptance of Odisha State for publication of the decision of VWDT dated September 13, 2017, in the official gazette…, for enabling the construction of the barrage to relieve the suffering of denizens of most backward areas of Srikakulam district in AP and Gajapati district in Odisha.”
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