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China dams, river diversion will hit Bangladesh harder: Tripura governor Tathagata Roy

Tripura governor Tathagata Roy slammed West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for her opposition to sharing the Teesta river water with Bangladesh.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2017 20:35 IST
Rahul Karmakar
Rahul Karmakar
Hindustan Times, Guwahati
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Trupra governor Tathagata Roy(Photo: Twitter)

Tripura governor Tathagata Roy on Tuesday said dams built by China upstream of Brahmaputra and other rivers will hit Bangladesh harder than India.

He also took a swipe at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for her opposition to sharing the Teesta river water with Bangladesh.

Roy was speaking at the 8th India-Bangladesh Friendship Dialogue where a Guwahati Declaration was announced for greater cooperation between the two countries in security, communication and trade.

“China building a series of dams on Yarlung Zangbo (upstream of Brahmaputra) and working on river diversion are serious issues that will affect Bangladesh the most. India does not divert water and there are no barrages on Brahmaputra,” Roy said.

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Bangladesh, he pointed out, depends a lot on river transport and irrigation that China’s plans will eventually kill.

“I am a civil engineer and I know laws pertaining to international rivers that China ignores. But India cannot deny water to Bangladesh, and the issues need to be resolved through arbitration, joint commission or other such mechanisms,” Roy said, adding he did not reflect India’s official stand.

A major river-related issue between India and Bangladesh is Teesta. Banerjee insists the river does not have enough water to share.

“It is not only about Teesta but about many rivers that flow from India into Bangladesh, a lower riparian state. The two countries should share water as well as share shortage of water,” he said.

Roy also asked Dhaka to rethink its opposition to the proposed Tipaimukh dam on river Barak in Manipur. Barak flows into Bangladesh.

“Since water from Tipaimukh will not be diverted, Bangladesh does not have a valid reason to oppose it,” the governor said.

First Published: Jul 04, 2017 20:35 IST