Shar­ing the Wa­ters

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

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.

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