38th Meeting of Ministerial level Joint Rivers Commission of India and Bangladesh

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By Sarkaritel August 26, 2022 05:30

38th Meeting of Ministerial level Joint Rivers Commission of India and Bangladesh

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New Delhi, Aug 26: The 38th Meeting of Ministerial level Joint Rivers Commission of India and Bangladesh was held in New Delhi today. The Bangladesh delegation was led by ZaheedFarooque, State Minister for Water Resources.  AKM Enamul Hoque Shameem, Deputy Minister for Water Resources was also part of the Bagladesh delegation.  Indian delegation was led by Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister for Jal Shakti.

The meeting assumes significance as it was  held after a long gap of 12 years, though the technical interactions under the framework of JRC have continued in the intervening period. Today’s meeting was preceded by Water Resources Secretary-level interaction on Tuesday, 23rd August.

The Joint Rivers Commission of India and Bangladesh was constituted in the year 1972 as a bilateral mechanism to address issues of mutual interest on common / border / transboundary rivers.

The discussions during this bilateral meeting were held on a number of ongoing bilateral issues of mutual interest including river water sharing of common rivers, sharing of flood data, addressing river pollution, conducting joint studies on sedimentation management, river bank protection works etc.  Both sides  finalized the text of MoU on Interim Water Sharing of Kushiyarariver. Both sides also welcomed finalization of the design and location of water intake point on the Feni river to meet the drinking water needs of Sabroom town in Tripura as per the October 2019 India -Bangladesh MoU on this subject.

One of the important area of cooperation, where India has been assisting Bangladesh, is sharing of real time flood data. India has recently extended the period of flood data sharing beyond 15th October to help Bangladesh address unforeseen flood events.

India and Bangladesh share 54 rivers, of which 7 rivers have been identified earlier for developing framework of water sharing agreements on priority. During the meeting, it has been agreed to widen this area of ongoing cooperation by including 8 more rivers for data exchange. The matter will be further discussed at the Technical Level Committee of JRC.

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By Sarkaritel August 26, 2022 05:30