New Delhi: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has urged Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina to think of a potential replacement of the Teesta waters with Torsha, other tributaries’ including Mansai waters. Teesta pact was unlikely to be signed during the visit as reported earlier.
Teesta waters are extremely crucial for agriculture for West Bengal and is potable to an extent.
“We are looking forward to a mutual consensus in terms of sharing river water. I want Bangladesh not to get deprived of water”, said Mamata.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday assured Bangladesh of an “early solution” to the emotive Teesta water sharing issue, a pact on which has remained elusive for nearly seven years.
The two sides inked nearly two dozen pacts in key areas of defence and civil nuclear cooperation after “productive” talks between Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina here.
Teesta water is crucial for Bangladesh especially in the leanest period from December to March when the water flow often temporarily comes down to less than 1,000 cusecs from 5,000 cusecs.