Staff Correspondent: Bangladesh and India are set to meet in the first week of next month to discuss water-sharing in six uniform rivers (Muhuri, Khowai, Dharla, Dudhkumar, Manu and Gomti).
The Joint River Commission (JRC) member level meeting between Bangladesh and India likely to be held on 5-6 January.
According to the Ministry of Water Resources sources, six uniform rivers were discussed at the secretary-level meeting last year. The water resources ministry provided the current data of those rivers to India a few months ago. Now they are reviewing them.
Meanwhile, the water-sharing of six uniform rivers was also discussed at a virtual meeting between the Prime Ministers of Bangladesh and India on 16 December. The two leaders called for a speedy end to negotiations on the issue. It is to be noted that the two countries have been discussing the rivers since 1997. River flow data has been provided to each other at different times. On the other hand, the Ganga River water-sharing agreement was signed in 1996. According to a clause of the agreement, there is talk of a meeting on water-sharing data, which is a routine matter.
Besides, a project has been undertaken to conserve 15 uniform rivers in 10 districts towards Bangladesh and a list of them will be given to India.
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