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PM likely to address water sharing during forthcoming India visit

  • Published at 09:55 pm March 5th, 2017
  • Last updated at 11:00 pm March 5th, 2017
PM likely to address water sharing during forthcoming India visit
Water Resource Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud has said the official agenda of the prime minister’s forthcoming visit to India was yet to be set. He made the remark at a press conference held at the Sagor-Runi auditorium of Dhaka Reporters' Unity on Sunday. However, he mentioned that the Ganges Barrage Project and the sharing of Teesta water were the two main issues for Bangladesh which needed to be addressed. “Currently, we are only able to irrigate 1,50,000 hectares of land using water from the Teesta,” said Anisul. He added that they still had not decided how much water each country would be allocated. “India controls one fourth of the river, so we will need their assistance in the construction of the barrage," he said. “Once the Bangladesh-India Joint Technical Committee completes its survey, we will be able to proceed with construction.” Since the two countries share 54 rivers, tensions regarding water diplomacy has always run high. In 1972, a joint river commission was set up to mediate these issues, but failed to do so.