Bangladesh is very concerned over China building dams on the Brahmaputra, they said it is “very concerned” about the diversion of water and also prepared to participate in a joint water basin management.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Mr Syed Muazzem Ali batted for joint-dredging of water of both the countries. He further said the Prime Ministers of both the countries to have an extensive discussion on this dam building issue.
Basically, the river Brahmaputra originates in Tibet. While in China it is known as Yarlung Zanbo. Further, it enters into Bangladesh, where it meets the Ganga and drains into the Bay of Bengal.
Mr Syed Muazzem Ali further answered a question on China building dams on the Brahmaputra said that they are very concerned about the diversion of water on the Brahmaputra river basin. The country is even prepared to participate in a joint basin management concept where they are going to discuss the flow of water from the point of origin to the point of exit.
He also added that the country will be very happy to fully cooperate with all the regional joint agencies.
Mr Syed also said of the sources that their country believes in joint river basin management both in the Ganga as well as in the Brahmaputra.
Currently, Bangladesh’s relationship with China is in the position of trade, commerce and economics. China offered Bangladesh a line of credit. But the line of credit is not for free. Bangladesh has to return the line of credit to China. However, Bangladesh has only chosen those lines of credit from China where they have some advantages.
Mr Syed further said’ “We do not want to get into the debt trap. Bangladesh has not faltered on any of its debt with the World Bank, with China, with India or with any country. Individually, I have not forgotten 1971.”
While during the settlement of Teesta water dispute he said that the discussion is still continuing within India between the states of West Bengal, Sikkim and the centre to settle the agreement.
Basically, the river Teesta originates in the state of Sikkim and then it flows through West Bengal and then reaches Bangladesh, which wants a higher share of water than it gets now.
He further added that the country will be happy to sign the agreement and also said that nothing that it would be good if that happens before the general elections in Bangladesh by next year.