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Canal to withdraw Teesta water: Dhaka questions New Delhi about development

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 21 Mar 2023, 11:32 am

Dhaka, March 21: Dhaka asked New Delhi through a note verbale (a type of diplomatic communication) about digging two new canals in West Bengal to withdraw Teesta water. The Foreign Secretary gave this information to reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday.

Journalists want to know from the Foreign Secretary whether a letter has been sent to India from the Ministry of Water Resources regarding the digging of the canal. In response, Masud bin Momen said, the letter will be written from the Ministry of Water Resources. We have sought information from the Ministry of External Affairs through note verbale.

Journalists want to know whether concerns have been expressed by Dhaka in the note verbale. The foreign secretary said, this may be their plan from a long time ago. But still nothing happened. Minister of State for Water Resources Zahid Faruk said three days ago that a letter will be sent to New Delhi to formally inquire about the digging of the canal.

On the same day, in the weekly media briefing of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the spokesperson of the ministry, Seheli Sabrin, said that Bangladesh is carefully reviewing the situation regarding the digging of the Teesta canal. Efforts are being made to verify the authenticity of this matter.

According to a recent report in the Indian media, the West Bengal Irrigation Department of India has acquired the ownership of nearly 1,000 acres of land for digging two more canals under the Teesta Barrage Project. The district administration of Jalpaiguri handed over the ownership of the land to the irrigation department in the presence of West Bengal Irrigation Minister Partha Bhowmik. The administration will dig two canals on the east bank of Teesta through this land.