Tissta River Comprehensive Management and Restoration Project

 

Tissta River Comprehensive Management and Restoration Project


I will not go as religious or fundamentalist. Because to me religion, fundamentalism, feminism, masculinity and even Marx-Lelin are just a commodity at the present time. When the debts are paid, the priests of all religions eat the fire of one ghat even if they are sitting in a brothel. Ka starts only when the tension of interest arises.


So I am trying to write with the main place of interest. Why Mamata Banerjee's TMC win is beneficial for Bangladesh and Awami League. The text is very large, but if you read it, I think don't be fooled.


The Teesta is one of the 54 rivers that enter Bangladesh from India. It originated from Solomo Lake in India and flowed through Sikkim and West Bengal and entered Bangladesh through the Rangpur district. It later merged with the Brahmaputra river near Chilmari.


The Teesta is not just a river, it is a history of wailing for the people on the banks of the Teesta. The people who used to meet forty percent of the total grain production of the country are today the so-called helpless people suffering from the manga. During the dry season, the people of the basin cannot grow food grains to meet their basic needs due to water scarcity. If he eats once, he fasts another time. Some of them leave their land to live in the city and work as day laborers to survive as homeless refugees. Like a cursed life for them.


Again, in the rainy season, the crop may suffer a lot, but before the harvest, one may wake up in the middle of the night to hear the death cry of the Teesta. Everything vanished in an instant. The man who dreamed yesterday that he would reap the harvest and see the smile on his face became speechless, standing in front of the floodwaters, losing everything. No matter how ruthlessly you describe it, it is not possible to express the tears of the people of Teesta. The people on the banks of the Teesta seem to be living with the curse of a fairy tale. Those who have never seen this flood with their own eyes, who have never seen with their own eyes the river that has dried up for miles and turned into wood, no one has the ability to describe it.


If it were really a curse story, there was nothing but acceptance. Maybe the people on the banks of the Teesta would not be crushed between dreaming and breaking every year for so many days. Everything would have left. Or if it was due to nature, it might have found some comfort.


Today, those who call India a friendly state of Bangladesh, once they see the faces of the people standing on the banks of the Teesta in the flood or on the cliff. I'm sure Hippocrates will never feel bigger than this. At least it is up to one's own conscience to see the plight of these people ten times before calling India a friendly state.


In July 1973, at a ministerial meeting between Bangladesh and India, it was decided that Bangladesh would get 36 percent of the Teesta water and India 39 percent. The remaining 25 percent of the water will be stored in the river. But there was no direction on how this water would be shared. Long after, in a joint meeting held on September 25, 26, and 27, 2006, Bangladesh proposed to divide 60 percent of the Teesta water equally between the two countries and reserve the remaining 20 percent for the river. India disagreed with the proposal. India is controlling the normal flow of water in Bangladesh by constructing Ghazaldoba Barrage in the Malbazar subdivision of Jalpaiguri district upstream of Teesta river in Nilphamari. Until 2013, a significant portion of the main flow of the Teesta River has been allowed to flow into the Teesta of Bangladesh. In the dry season of 2014, the Teesta flow was stopped by India. In this context, the water-management expert said. Ainun Nishat said, "India has withdrawn the mainstream of the Teesta. ”


The problem of water sharing with India started in 1951, from the time of Pakistan. The construction of the Farakka Dam on the Ganges River in 1984 with the help of the World Bank sparked a water dispute. The River Commission formed in 1972 when Bangladesh became independent and the Indira Mujib Agreement in 1974 show a glimmer of hope. According to the agreement, the decision (sharing of all water) will be taken on the basis of discussions on the sharing of water of 51 common rivers of the two countries. Later, in 1997, a 30-year Ganges water agreement was signed, which apparently solved the Ganges water problem. But in 1972, India started building a dam on the river Teesta near Ghazaldobar in Sikkim, which started desertification in the northern part of Bangladesh.


One of the promises of the 2008 Awami League elections was the Teesta Water Treaty. Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina continued her efforts with all her diplomatic talents and labor for this Teesta agreement. Every year, neither India nor Talbahana is covered one by one. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, with utmost patience, generosity, and humanity, fulfills every demand of India one by one only in the hope of Teesta water. India broke its promise not only to Bangladesh but also to its daughter Sheikh Hasina and completely changed its eyes and stopped the flow of Teesta water in the dry season from 2014 onwards. And in the rainy season, all their barriers start to open at once


Probably shocked by the fact that Sheikh Hasina, the leader of the people, was stabbed in the back as a friend of India, she said last year, "We will not go to anyone else for water, we will make our own arrangements." Out of sheer distrust and despair over India, Bangabandhu's daughter returned to the modern era of water management.


"Tissta River Comprehensive Management and Restoration Project"


During her last visit to China, Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina demanded financial assistance from China for the Teesta project. The Chinese Prime Minister supported Bangladesh's request and agreed to finance the Teesta project.


The One Billion Dollar, the beginning of the path of light was 7 India could not have imagined that Bangabandhu's daughter would plan such a big master blaster.


What's in this project -


The idea is that once this project is fully implemented, we will not need any more talks with India on the Teesta. The entire 113 km of the river will be brought under one river governance system The Teesta is two to three kilometers wide in many places and five to seven kilometers wide in many places. This project will reduce the width of the river to two to three kilometers The entire river will be permanently blocked and paved on both sides so that it is not eroded by floods or overflows. The land lost in the river on both sides of this 113 km river will be fully recovered. There will be two riverways that will be connected to the highway. The recovered land will be used for industrial factories including tourism Due to increasing the depth of the river, the required water will be stored in the dry season There will be 113 km long vast water reservoir which will be used for agricultural purposes by the people on both sides. The river will be controlled through a switch gate during the monsoon season when the river is strong. Hydropower projects are also likely to be associated with it.


Even if India wants flood time, it will not be able to flood the people of this region Bangladesh will then be able to control how much water Bangladesh will discharge into the Brahmaputra river through the Teesta Due to the proper implementation of this project, the floods that the people of the Teesta have had to accept for so long will then become the main concern of the Indian city of Kolkata. Since India will not be able to drain all the water at once if it wants to, Indian rivers and geologists fear that it will not be possible for India to control floods in those areas at that time.


This project is currently at the forefront of India's thinking for three reasons. They were forced to rush to Bangladesh by the Foreign Secretary.


The number one reason is that there will be no more blackmail in India by showing the Teesta issue. The benefits of bargaining with Teesta will be completely gone.


The second reason is that if people in the region start reaping the benefits of the Teesta, the reaction of Bangladesh to India and abroad will increase and the vulnerability to China among the people of the country will increase, which is a big headache for India.


Number three is that the relationship with China will be stronger than the so-called friendship with India. India is also afraid of losing its latest neighbor, the state.


Economically, the cost of this project is much less than many mega projects in present-day Bangladesh. Dealing with a debt of only Tk 8,000 crore is not a big challenge for the economy of Bangladesh now. However, as a result of this project, North Bengal will get back its lost heritage. The country's agricultural production will increase by 40%. The floods caused by the Teesta every year cause an estimated loss of one lakh twenty thousand crore rupees. Bangladesh will be saved from such a big loss every year It is estimated that even though the project is worth only Rs 8,000 crore, it will have a positive impact of Rs 1 trillion on the country's economy every year. The original work of a large section of the population in the northern region will be able to return to agriculture. Which will have a huge impact on the country's economy.


Huangho means yellow, China's Huanghe River means China's yellow river. Listening to the Yellow River reminds me of the book Yellow River Green Forest written by Manik Bandyopadhyay in his last years. Two thousand years ago, on the eve of the development of civilization, when people were cutting down a lot of trees along the banks of this river, the gray-yellow soil mixed with the water of this river created yellow color and hence the name of this river Huangho. In ancient China, floods often originated from the Huanghe River. According to history, this river has changed its course 27 times drastically. As a result, the Chinese people have suffered indescribably. From there this river was called the sorrow of China. Today, China has reached a point in scientific and technological advancement that has now completely subdued the Huanghe River, which is home to a huge hydroelectric project. The combination of forestry and industry along the river overcame Huanghe's misery and made him one of the pillars of their prosperity.


The story of our Teesta and the banks of the Teesta is much like the Wangho River Although it was a cause of sorrow for themselves in China, and because of the demonic greed of our so-called friend India, the people of Teesta are crying and losing everything today.

We sincerely hope that by extending the hand of friendship, China will turn our Teesta River, like their Hwangho, into a 113-kilometer story of wealth and pride. Like China, we can say that Teesta is one of our rivers


I have written so much writing before and this article of mine also appeared in two national dailies. I wrote again because if you don't know it, you won't understand why BJP would have lost if we had won the West Bengal elections and why TMC has been cursed for us.


In 2010, Bangladesh and India signed a draft agreement on the Teesta. Like the Ganges Pact of the past. Which basically calculates the part of the border without calculating the groundwater. This has been a kind of boomerang for the Padma.

Remember, according to the UN Convention, if two neighboring countries reach an agreement on a dispute between them, the UN will never be able to intervene in the future and will not even make a proposal to the UN. Pakistan cannot make any proposal to the UN on Kashmir because of the Shimla Agreement


If the BJP had won the West Bengal elections this time, they would have implemented the draft agreement within the next six months. Once this agreement was reached, we would not be able to implement the Teesta project with China in any way. India then had the written right to intervene under the agreement.


Review the agreements on rivers of any two countries in the world, neither of which has benefited the relatively weak country, but they have suffered more losses after the agreement. The countries around Egypt that depend on the Nile River are still suffering from a lack of potable water.


The only way to save the helpless people of this country from the Teesta is now the Teesta project with China. Only this can give proper benefits to the people on the banks of the Teesta.


The next four years are a lot of time. As long as Mamata Banerjee is in power, the Indian government will not be able to implement the Teesta project. Utilizing this issue, the Awami League government will now find it much easier to implement the Teesta project in cooperation with China.


It is here that I personally feel that Mamata Banerjee's TMC win has created a new opportunity for the people of Bangladesh and the Teesta River basin. And in the last four or five years, the leader's talk about Teesta also shows that he also wants to implement the Teesta project.


Writer: Rashed Alam

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