The river is the lifeline of Srikakulam, say leaders at meet convened by Uttarandhra Adhyana Vedika
Cutting across party lines, several political leaders expressed serious concern over the failure of the government in protecting the interests of Andhra Pradesh as far as Vamsadhara waters issue was concerned. While speaking in a meeting organised by Uttarandhra Adhyayana Vedika, they asked the State government to act swiftly to put forward its argument before the Vamsadhara Tribunal. Otherwise, Srikakulam district would become desert with non-availability of irrigation water from Vamsadhara river, which is the lifeline for the district, they said.
Former Telugu Desam Ministers Tammineni Seetaram, Gunda Appala Suryanarayana alleged that the ruling Congress party had failed to stop Orissa from making a hue and cry over the sharing of water between the two states. “The Orissa government has successfully convinced the Union government to appoint a tribunal over the issue. It forced the State government to stop the phase II works of Vamsadhara Project,” Mr. Tammineni Seetaram alleged. Mr. Suryanarayana said the Orissa government had ignored all previous agreements while constructing illegal projects all along Vamsadhara. Srikakulam District former Zilla Parishad chairman Y.V. Suryanarayana, BJP leader Pudi Tirupati Rao, CPI district secretary Sundarlal assured that they would also participate in the agitation. Adhyana Vedika convenors S. Rajasekhar, Nalli Dharma Rao, Boddepalli Mohana Rao, Aditya Institute of Technology and Management Assistant Professor Duppala Ravi Kumar,
Retired Revenue Divisional Officer PMJ Babu, environmentalist Panchadi Papa Rao and others also vowed to support the agitation to be taken by all parties in future for protecting irrigation rights of the State.