India is sincere on Teesta water sharing: Anisul
Staff Reporter:Water Resources Minister Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud on Wednesday said he cannot tell about any timeframe on securing Teesta river's water sharing deal with neighboring India. The minister avoided to answer the queries about possible development in the process during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's upcoming New Delhi visit.
Mr Mahmud also denied to comment elaborately of the issue of proposed Teesta Barrage would be on the agenda of talks during the premier's Delhi tour. "When such top level meetings come, many issues may come up beyond agenda or they may be discussed superficially also," he said.
The minister made the remarks on the sidelines of the "Workshop on Assessment of the State of Water Resources" staged by Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO) in association with Institute of Water Modelling (IWM).
"I cannot give you any timeframe".
"But, I can tell you that the central government in India is sincere and they are working on it," the minister said. But he apparently reminded India of its commitment over Teesta saying Bangladesh awaited the draft deal on the matter to be turned into an agreement for a long time.
The minister acknowledged there are "internal political perspective of every country over such issues, and you are well aware of this (in the case of Teesta)". "But we definitely want the justified share of Teesta waters not only for our agriculture but also for saving the river . . . the flow drastically declined two years ago," he said.
State Minister for Water Resources Md Nazrul Islam addressed the meeting as guest of honour while Senior Secretary of the ministry Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan and IWM Executive Director Professor Dr M Monowar Hossain joined as special guests.