Sunday, January 25, 2009

Orissa turns down Andha Pradesh's water request

Orissa government has turned down the request made by Andhra Pradesh for excess sharing of water from Balimela reservoir. The Balimela reservoir is in the district of Malkangiri and the water from the reservoir would be great source for water to Andhar Pradesh.

Andhra Pradesh government has approached Orissa to release 10,000 million cusses of water from the reservoir. There was agreement signed in 1973-74 by both the states for sharing of equal proportion of water from the reservoir.

The dam was built to store the water of the inter-state flowing rivers - Sileru and Machhakund. The two states have been sharing equally the cost of maintenance of the reservoir as the inter-state water sharing agreement.
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