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Mamata Banerjee vs. Government on Ganga, Teesta Waters
Jun 25, 2024 12:26 pm

Divya Delhi: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to complain to the Centre-Bangladesh water sharing negotiations, which the state was not invited to. She stated, "Such unilateral deliberations and discussions without consultation and the opinion of the state government is neither acceptable nor desirable" in rejecting the Centre's plan to share Teesta water and renew the 1996 Ganga Water Treaty, which would expire in 2026.The Centre had invited the Bengal government to nominate a nominee to the committee that will internally evaluate the 1996 water pact in July last year, contradicting the Chief Minister's allegation. The state nominated the Irrigation and Waterways Directorate Chief Engineer (Design & Research) a month later. According to sources, Bengal's Joint Secretary in the Irrigation and Waterways Department communicated the state's 30-year demand on April 5.After attending Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic third term oath ceremony, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned to Delhi for the latest India-Bangladesh talks on renewing the Ganga water treaty and sharing Teesta waters over the weekend.It appears that India is renewing the 1996 India-Bangladesh Farakka Treaty, which expires in 2026. Mamata Banerjee argued that the Bangladesh-India water accord has major ramifications for West Bengalis. She said such accords will "worst sufferers" Bengalis. The letter covered how the treaty has hindered Bengal, from Bhagirathi erosion that killed lives and livelihoods to Kolkata port issues.