Feni water given; look out for Teesta

With Dhaka enthusiastically sitting tight for the marking of the Teesta water-sharing arrangement, Bangladesh and India yesterday marked a MoU enabling India to take 1.82 cusec water from the Feni stream.

The understanding was marked after a gathering between Prime Minister Sheik Hasina and her Indian partner Narendra Modi at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

“Both the pioneers valued the choice taken at the water assets secretary-level gathering in Dhaka for an encouraging start of the work on the withdrawal of 1.82 cusec water from the Feni stream for drinking reason for the individuals of Sabroom town in Tripura,” said an India-Bangladesh joint articulation.

The arrangement on the Feni stream comes in the midst of Dhaka’s dissatisfaction over not marking of the Teesta bargain, which was planned to be inked during the then Indian PM Manmohan Singh’s visit to Dhaka in 2011. It was unrealistic because of restriction from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Water of the Teesta is pivotal for Bangladesh’s northern locale where ranchers depend intensely on underground water for water system during the lean season.

Hasina yesterday said the individuals of Bangladesh were anticipating excitedly for the marking and usage of the Framework of Interim Agreement for sharing of the Teesta waters, as settled upon by the two governments in 2011.

The Indian PM said his legislature was working with every single Indian partner for finish of the understanding at the soonest conceivable time.

At the respective gathering, India communicated status to broaden obligation free and share free access of Bangladesh’s fares to the Indian market.

The Bangladesh side raised the issue of against dumping/hostile to circumvention obligations forced by India on various items sent out by Bangladesh, including jute items, and needed them to be tended to.

Accordingly, the Indian side referenced that exchange medicinal examinations are completed as per existing Indian laws.

Hasina and Modi guided their authorities to speed up the foundation of structure of participation in the zone of exchange therapeutic measures.

In the interim, water master Dr Ainun Nishat yesterday said Bangladesh can consent to the withdrawal of 1.82 cusec water from the Feni stream, however it needs to see when the water is pulled back and how much water is left in the waterway during the lean season.

“It’s essential to check whether the networks on the bowl of the Feni stream in Bangladesh are influenced,” he disclosed to The Daily Star.

In Feni area, there is a water system venture on the Feni waterway, which begins in South Tripura region and moves through Sabroom town before entering Bangladesh.

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