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The Chief Minister also asked Odisha to cooperate in the matter for the benefit of the farmers.
Addressing media here, Naidu said, "Water tribunal gave verdict in favour of Andhra Pradesh on Neradi barrage on Vamsadhara river. Odisha at first accepted the barrage, but later opposed the project. Now all the obstacles are cleared. With this 50 tmc of water will be available for Srikaulam district. It would benefit almost 50 lakh acres of land. On the basis of this barrage, we will take steps so that backward district of Srikaulam will get stabilized irrigation water. We will link Vamsadhara and Nagavali rivers too. We request Odisha to cooperate so that farmers of both states will be benefited."
The three-member tribunal, chaired by Justice Mukundakam Sharma, also ordered constitution of a supervisory committee to oversee implementation of its decisions.
Declaring the yield of the river at the Gotta barrage as 115 tmc ft, the VWDT said it would be shared by both states on a 50:50 basis.
The Vamsadhara river originates in Odisha.
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