India to Dredge Bangladesh’s Rivers?
The Telegraph India reports that an Indian delegation has renewed the demand of dredging of some Bangladesh rivers.
The delegation, led by Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma, placed this demand on Wednesday during the Indo-Bangladesh joint trade exchange conference in Dhaka.
During the meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Assam’s PHE minister Gautam Roy raised other demands, including the reopening of the 42km Mahisashan (in Karimganj district)-Kulaura railway line, establishment of a visa office in Guwahati, setting up of a border hut in Suterkandi in Karimganj district.
The issue of dredging some of the river networks in Bangladesh has been hanging fire between the two nations for many years. New Delhi has even suggested that it is willing to foot the bills.
The Centre has agreed to allot Rs 100 crore to drill into the Ichamati for dredging to ensure that round the river could be navigated round the year and use Bholaganj river port in Bangladesh.
Dredging Today Staff, June 4, 2012;