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BD deprived of Ganges water as India violates treaty

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  • M.B.I. Munshi
    BD deprived of Ganges water as India violates treaty Govt planning to enter into water sharing agreements for other 53 rivers Staff Correspondent Bangladesh is
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      BD deprived of Ganges water as India violates treaty

      Govt planning to enter into water sharing agreements for other 53 rivers

      Staff Correspondent

      Bangladesh is deprived of proper share in Ganges water as per treaty
      as India is not providing expected flow of water as required by the
      agreement signed between two countries in 1996.

      Article 2(2) of Sharing of the Ganges Waters stipulates that effort
      will be made by the upper riparian state to protect the flows of water
      at Farakka as per 40 years of average availability but India is
      violating this provision.
      Talking to The Bangladesh, Dr Ain-un-Nishat said Bangladesh is getting
      waters of Ganges as found at Farakka point but supply of waters to
      Farakka point is too little for Bangladesh.

      He said "There are three parts in this treaty. Article-1 provides for
      sharing of water as available at Farakka but my understanding is that
      allocation to Bangladesh is made based on this provision. But
      Article-2 (2) stipulates that India will protect the flow at a
      specified level. Unless this protection mechanism is in operation the
      residual flow that arrives at Farakka may not be the flow that matches
      40 years average condition. In short, the flow distributed has not
      been protected by India as per provision of the treaty."

      Second part of the treaty stipulates that as present level of flow at
      Farakka is not adequate, it must be augmented. But this aspect of the
      treaty remains unattended, he alleged.

      He said third part of the treaty had proposed agreement on all other
      common rivers. In my view the government should arrive at sharing
      arrangement or joint management plan as soon as possible to safeguard
      the interest of the country.
      "Had Bangladesh entered into water sharing agreement with India in
      1972/ 1973, it would not be deprived of river waters now. What India
      is doing now is that it is supplying residual water to Farakka to be
      shared by Bangladesh as India is either withdrawing water from upper
      riparian rivers or diverting water flows to other rivers within India
      by river linking projects," he added.

      Water Resources Ministry said total flow reaching at Farakka during
      the first ten days of February, 2009 was 81,650 cusec which was lower
      than the 40 years historical average flow of 86,323 cusec as mentioned
      in treaty. Bangladesh was supposed to get 46, 323 cusec water but it
      has got actually 41,650 cusec water in first ten days of February.
      Similarly, Bangladesh is being continuously deprived of its share
      despite the agreement.

      However, ministry sources confirmed that the government led by Awami
      League is considering entering into fresh agreements with India in
      respect of remaining 53 joint rivers to share waters from those as
      well but as to when such water-sharing agreement will be arrived at is
      entirely uncertain.

      The Bangladesh Today – February 17, 2009
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