On the demand for fair and equitable water sharing in the Teesta basin and other trans-boundary rivers, a three-day road march organised by the Socialist Party of Bangladesh reached Bogra on Sunday.
As part of the march, Bogra SPB leaders held a rally at Satmatha intersection where central leaders of the party gave speeches to drum up support for their demand.
They said the fourth largest tributary Teesta had became almost dried far before the dry season finally appeared.
They blamed encroachment, pollution and the government’s inappropriate policy that allegedly led to the decline of rivers from 1,200 to 230.
They also said that Teesta’s distributaries, supplying water for irrigation in more than one lakh hectares of land in northern districts, had become abandoned due to continuous withdrawal of water at upstream in India.
The speakers urged people to raise their voices for fair and equitable water shares of the trans-boundary rivers flowing over Bangladesh.
Chaired by Saiful Islam Paltu, the rally was also addressed by SPB leaders, including Bazlur Rashid Firoze, Razequzzaman Ratan, Zahidul Haque Milu, Jaynal Abedin Mukul, Saifuzzaman Tutul, CPB Bogra unit president Zinnatul Islam and Gana Sanghati Andolan leader Abdur Rashid, among others.
On Saturday, SPB launched the march from Dhaka that would conclude at Teesta Barrage in Lalmonirhat today.
Although two neighbours, Bangladesh and India, share 54 trans-boundary rivers, the countries have a single agreement on Ganges water sharing.
The signing of much-awaited Teesta water sharing deal was dropped at the eleventh hour during former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Dhaka in 2011, apparently following Mamata’s objection.
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