India prefers carrying out dredging work in Bangladesh part
of Ichamoti River to reach an agreement with Dhaka on sharing of waters of
If India can complete the dredging work before the coming rainy season, it will be able to build embankments on its part of Teesta bank. India wants to ensure Bangladesh's approval to carry out the dredging in Teesta River during the Bangladesh Prime Minister's visit to Delhi from January 10.
India raised the demand during the secretary level Joint River Commission (JRC) meeting between the two countries started on Monday at the state guest house Meghna.
Eight-member Indian delegation led by its water resources secretary UN Panjiar attended the meeting while water resources secretary Sheikh Md Wahid-uz-Zaman led the 12-member Bangladesh team.
Both the secretaries told reporters that the meeting is going to be fruitful. They also expressed their optimism in reaching to an agreement on Teesta's water sharing treaty by the end of the two-day .
Indian water resources secretary UN Panjiar said they want
to share water with Bangladesh. "There is no doubt about it. We are very
considerate in this regard," he said.
He made it clear that there was no chance of holding the ministerial level meeting of the JRC ahead of the Prime Minister's visit to India.
Panjir said they want also to take into consideration the concerns of Bangladesh.
Wahid-uz-Zaman told reporters that things are moving positively and hoped that a positive result will be come up from the meeting on signing an agreement on sharing of Teesta waters.