Bangladesh pushes for trilateral pacts on rivers

Its bilateral agreement with India on Teesta water sharing may have run into a wall for now but that has not prevented Bangladesh from pushing for a sub-regional cooperation

Written by Ravish Tiwari | New Delhi | Published: April 4, 2012 1:59 am

Its bilateral agreement with India on Teesta water sharing may have run into a wall for now but that has not prevented Bangladesh from pushing for a sub-regional cooperation on management of water resources and hydel projects on trans-boundary rivers in India,Bangladesh,Bhutan and Nepal.

The Advisor to the Bangladesh Prime Minister is learnt to have handed over two terms of references for sub-regional cooperation with Bhutan and Nepal on management of water resources and on hydro-electric projects.

Dhaka is learnt to have shared a draft MoU for trilateral cooperation agreement for this with the Indian side recently.

Its proposal envisages two different trilateral MoUs — Bangladesh-India-Nepal and Bangladesh-India-Bhutan — for management of water resources in Ganga and Brahmaputra basins,respectively. Bangladesh’s proposals envisage “equitable distribution” of benefits from projects and suggest instituting a permanent consultation platform with Joint Working Groups for “each initiative”of either water resource development or hydro-power development in either of the countries.

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