India-Bangladesh Joint Water Commission | 19 Dec 2019

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The India-Bangladesh Joint Rivers Commission’s (JRC) technical-level talks have been cancelled recently.

  • The JRC was expected to draft the framework agreement of the interim sharing of the Feni river's waters with Tripura.
    • Bangladesh had agreed to share 1.82 cusecs of water with Tripura.
    • The Feni river forms part of the India-Bangladesh border. It originates in the South Tripura district and meets the Bay of Bengal after it flows into Bangladesh.
  • The meeting cancellation is also expected to delay the preparation of a draft framework for the interim sharing agreements regarding several other rivers like the Manu, Muhuri, Khowai, Gomati, Dharla and Dudhkumar.

Indo-Bangladesh Joint Water Commission

  • An Indo-Bangladesh Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) is functioning since 1972.
  • It was established to ensure the most effective joint efforts in maximizing the benefits of common river systems. India and Bangladesh share 54 rivers.
  • The JRC is headed by Water Resources Ministers of both the countries.
  • It also includes a system of transmission of flood forecasting data on major rivers like Ganga, Teesta, Brahmaputra and Barak during the monsoon season from India to Bangladesh.

Source: IE