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Dhaka Tribune

JaPa demands Teesta deal

Update : 11 Mar 2014, 09:11 PM

Opposition Chief Whip Tajul Islam Chowdhury yesterday said the Teesta agreement could not be signed because of the “dual role” of India putting Bangladesh’s north region into the process of desertification.

Taking part in an unscheduled discussion, the Jatiya Party lawmaker urged the government to sign the deal on sharing Teesta water as thousands of farmers of Rangpur and Dinajpur depended on the river heavily for irrigation.

“The riverbed can be seen in the Teesta as all sluice gates of the Gazoldoba [in the upstream India] have been shut,” Tajul said.

He said the Teesta should have 3,000 cusec water now, but it ranged between 400 and 450, which was hampering Boro cultivation.

“I urge the government to sign the Teesta deal as soon as possible,” the opposition chief whip said.

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