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Delhi will give assurance of uninterrupted supply to power starved Bangladesh during Hasina’ visit

India government has started working on presenting some deliverable’ projects during the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on an official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As Bangladesh is suffering from severe power crisis in recent months India is planning a robust un interrupted power supply plan for the country. A 1600 MW power plant by the Adani’s group in Godda of Jharkhand is already near completion and power produced by this plant dedicated to Bangladesh power board through dedicated transmission line from Godda through West Bengal to Bagura district of Bangladesh,a distance of 90 km from the Indian border , is being under construction. Power ministry has already directed the private company to start power generation from the month of October of this year.

PM Hasina is likely embark a three day visit to New Delhi from 5th September to 7th September. The bilateral meeting will be held on 6th and next day PM Hasina may attend a business summit in the capital. She has also plan to visit Ajmer Darga before returning to Dhaka.

As Bangladesh will go for general election at December 2023 Awami league Government wants to showcase resolution of  ‘sensitive’  issues like water sharing and management. Dhaka has already sent an request to Indian Government for convening Joint river commission meeting between the two countries at the ministerial level before the visit of the Bangla PM. The last ministerial meeting was held in New Delhi in the year 2010. Only in the year 2021 a secretary level meeting was held. And both the PM appreciated the consensus reached at the secretarial meeting during the visit of PM Modi last year march.

The interlocutors of Bangladesh is expressing disappointment as Indian Government has not responded so far on the request of JRC. The expectations of Bangladesh has risen quite high when Indian External affairs Minister Dr S Jayshankar has recognised the joint management of 54 common rivers in principal when he was addressing a Indo-Bangla conclave in Guwahati in the month of may. Dr Jayshankar has said ,” we share 54 rivers and a comprehensive management of our rivers and their conservation ,as well shared environment responsibility that we have ,especially the Sunderban. These are really areas that we need to work together as part of our commitment to climate action”

There is no doubt that PM Hasina will reiterate the demand for early completion of Teesta river water sharing interim agreement which was inked in the year 2011. Till today no resolution of the issue is seen as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is not relenting on the issue of sharing. Meanwhile Indian side requested

for early finalization of the draft of the interim agreement for sharing of Feni river of ,pending with the Bangladesh side which had been agreed upon by the both sides in 2011.India wants to lift water from the river for the supply of drinking water to the state of Tripura. Both the government was also working on early conclusion of the frame work of Interim Agreement of sharing of waters of more six rivers ,namely Manu, Muhuri, Khowai, Gumti and Dudhkumar. These rivers flows only in Tripura and Bangladesh . But Bangladesh wants a comprehensive discussion on all these rivers in the JRC before finalising the agreement.

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