Orissa pre-empts AP move, plans barrage on river

var RN = new String (Math.random()); var RNS = RN.substring (2,11); b2 = ‘ ‘; if (doweshowbellyad==1) bellyad.innerHTML = b2; BHUBANESWAR: In a belated move to pre-empt AndhraPradesh Government’s action, the Orissa Government has decided to construct a barrage on Mahendratanaya River with its own funds.
This comes two days before AP Chief Minister Y S Rajashekhar Reddy is scheduled to lay stone for a sluice, which would divert most of the river water leaving hundreds of farmers in Orissa in the lurch.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced that the foundation stone will be laid for the project soon.
He has also directed the Planning and Coordination department to include the project in the 2008-09 plan. In a letter to his Andhra Pradesh counterpart, Naveen has demanded that his Government should immediately stop work on the project on its side of the Mahendratanaya river till a joint inspection by technical committees from both the sides is completed.

Naveen said neither the Andhra Government nor the Center has informed the Orissa Government whether such a project has got the approval from the Central Water Commission (CWC).
Naveen has strongly objected to the project by the Andhra Pradesh Government which is likely to change the course of the river. The project includes construction of a sluice on the left side of Mahendratanaya river which originates from the Mahendragiri hills in Gajapati district.
This will completely divert the river water to Andhra Pradesh and give rise to drinking water crisis in Paralakhemundi town and nearby villages.
This will also completely jeopardise the lift irrigation system in the area, he said and warned that this may also lead to a law and order situation



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