Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Orissa has agreed to a joint survey to decide the extent of land to be submerged on account of the Polavaram irrigation project and accordingly demand compensation.

The outcome followed talks between officials of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa Governments at Bhubaneswar on Saturday.

Orissa's nod comes as a relief to the Andhra Pradesh Government, which is unable to push through several packages it has grounded due to opposition from the neighbouring State.

Sources in the Irrigation Department told said Orissa officials had offered to indicate the cost of conducting the survey.