|Published : 14 Apr 2017, 16:25:29|
West Bengal report says Teesta has one-sixteenth of water needed
Teesta river has now only one-sixteenth of the water needed for agriculture by India and Bangladesh during the dry season, from February to May, West Bengal claims.
In a recently prepared internal report on the Teesta by the West Bengal government said irrigation for boro crop (dry season paddy) in two countries will require around 1600 cumec (cubic metre per second) of water.
But through much of the dry period the river hardly has 100 cumec of water, according to a report published in www.thethirdpole.net.
It is just one sixteenth of total water requirement in [the] two countries, the report added.
India has a barrage on the Teesta at Gojoldoba at Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, a little upstream of the point where the river enters Bangladesh.
The Bangladesh government has a barrage at Doani in Lalmonirhat district, before the Teesta joins the Brahmaputra.
In recent years, water volume in the Teesta has gone below the 100 cumec level in peak summer, April and May.
The data explains Banerjee’s reluctance to part with any water from the Teesta despite pressure from prime ministers of both India and Bangladesh. -Asfar