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PIB Daily – 8th November 2019 – IASToppers

Feni River; Feni River dispute;
By IASToppers
November 08, 2019

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Bilateral & International Relations

  • Cabinet approves withdrawal of water from Feni River by India

 

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Bilateral & International Relations

Cabinet approves withdrawal of water from Feni River by India

The Union Cabinet has given approval for the MoU between India and Bangladesh on withdrawal of 1.82 cusec of water from Feni River by India for drinking water supply scheme for Sabroom town Tripura, India.

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Benefit

  • The present supply of drinking water to Sabroom town is inadequate as ground water in this region has high iron content. Hence, Implementation of this scheme would benefit Sabroom town.

ABOUT FENI RIVER

About Feni River

  • The Feni River forms part of the India-Bangladesh border.
  • It originates in the South Tripura district, passes through Sabroom town on the Indian side, and meets the Bay of Bengal after it flows into Bangladesh.

FENI RIVER DISPUTE

  • The dispute over the sharing of the Feni river water was taken up between India and Pakistan (before the independence of Bangladesh) in 1958 during a meeting in New Delhi.
  • Bangladesh accused India of drawing water from the Feni River through small pumps.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS:

  • In August 2019, India and Bangladesh held a water secretary-level meeting of the Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) in Dhaka, where it was agreed to collect data and prepare water-sharing agreements for seven rivers — Manu, Muhuri, Khowai, Gumti, Dharla, Dudhkumar, and Feni.
  • The MoU stands to benefit Sabroom town on the southern tip of Tripura. The present supply of drinking water to Sabroom town is inadequate. The groundwater in this region has high iron content. Implementation of this scheme would benefit over 7000 population of Sabroom town.

OTHER PROJECTS ON THE FENI

  • In Tripura, a 4-lane bridge across the Feni, expected to be completed by March 2020, is being built between India and Bangladesh, where the Feni River forms the border between the two countries.
  • Once ready, it would connect Tripura with Chittagong port in Bangladesh, playing an important role in the proposed BangladeshChinaIndiaand Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM EC).
[Ref: PIB, Indian Express]

 

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