India, Bangladesh to discuss Teesta river water sharing
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 02, 2010, 20:25
New Delhi: Ahead of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit here next week, India and Bangladesh hold secretary-level talks from Monday in an effort to reach an agreement on the proposed Teesta river water sharing treaty.

The two sides will discuss in Dhaka modalities of assessing availability of water in the river as also dredging and anti-erosion works on Ichhamati river and drinking water project for Tripura on Feni river.

The visit of the Indian delegation comes days ahead of the visit of Hasina to India from January 10.

During the visit of Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni to New Delhi in September last year, both sides had recognised the need to expedite negotiations to finalise an agreement for sharing of the waters of Teesta river.

As part of that, the two neighbours had agreed to start Joint Hydrological Observations on the river. "This is a follow-up of the visit where the modalities of joint observation (on availability of water) will be discussed," Water Resources Secretary Umesh Narain Panjiar told PTI here.

Panjiar is heading the eight-member Indian delegation to Dhaka.

The two sides will also discuss bank protection works and dredging of Ichhamati river on the West Bengal-Bangladesh border and minor irrigation and drinking water schemes for Tripura on Feni, a trans-boundary river which flows from South Tripura to Bangladesh.

India had been discussing the water-sharing issue with Dhaka and for the purpose a Joint Committee of Experts had been constituted.


First Published: Saturday, January 02, 2010, 20:25

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