India's water resources minister says his country will not implement a plan to link major rivers that has caused concern in neighboring Bangladesh.
Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi spoke to reporters on Tuesday, the second and final day of talks between Indian and Bangladeshi officials on water-related issues.
India had proposed linking several rivers to divert water from its flood-prone northeast to dry western and southern parts of the country.
But critics said the project would cause rivers in Bangladesh to dry up, affecting the country's ecology and farming.
Bangladesh and India have 54 common rivers but have an agreement only to share water resources from the Ganges River, signed in 1996. The two sides agreed to review that accord during the talks.
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