Sharing the Waters
Thewater distribution issue of the Teesta River has gained considerable importance in Bangladesh. India’s unilateral withdrawal of water from the Teesta River in the upstream has badly affected more than 20 tributaries in Bangladesh. Many of the tributaries in the northern part of the country have dried up. In the past, the rivers had water flowing all the year round, but now water is not available in most of these rivers during the dry season.
This has also affected the ecological balance of the region. About 80 to 90 percent of the mango and jack-fruit trees do not bear fruit anymore. There are calls for initiating bilateral talks with India regarding the sharing of the water of the Teesta River immediately to save the region.