India, Bangladesh - Teesta Water Sharing Issue
Tags: National News
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said during the seventh round of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission on June 19 that India and Bangladesh should work together for comprehensive management of rivers.
The Foreign Minister of Bangladesh is on a visit to India.
The two ministers discussed the long-running disputes over Teesta river water sharing.
About Teesta River
It is a tributary of the Brahmaputra, flowing through India and Bangladesh.
It is also known as Jamuna in Bangladesh.
It originates in the Himalayas near Chunthang, Sikkim and flows to the south through West Bengal before entering Bangladesh.
It is a 315 km long river.
It is the fourth largest transboundary river shared between India and Bangladesh after the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna river systems.
Teesta is the lifeline of North Bengal and about half a dozen districts of West Bengal depend on the water of Teesta.
What is the dispute?
The river is perhaps the most contentious issue between two friendly neighbours, India and Bangladesh.
The river covers almost the entire floodplains of Sikkim, while controlling the lives of thousands of people living in 2,800 square kilometres of Bangladesh.
Teesta is equally important for West Bengal, which is considered the lifeline of half a dozen districts of North Bengal.
Bangladesh demanded an "equitable" distribution of Teesta water from India on the lines of the 1996 Ganges Water Treaty, but to no avail.
The failure to sign an agreement had an impact on the country's politics, putting PM Sheikh Hasina's ruling party in trouble.
Please Rate this article, so that we can improve the quality for you -