A 15-year interim agreement on the water sharing of the international river was scheduled to be inked on September 5, 2011, during theIndian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s visit to Dhaka. But this did not happen due to last minute objections from the West Bengal Chief Minister. In April, 2017, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, told a joint press conference with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina that the Teesta water sharing deal would be concluded during the tenure of his and Sheikh Hasina’s term in office. Officials concerned at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Water Resources do not have any idea as to when this deal, a major irritant to the Dhaka-Delhi relationship, will be signed. The Indian External Affairs Minister assured there would be the necessary cooperation in this regard, saying that the government of Narendra Modi has demonstrated mature sensitivity in improving relations with its neighbours.
Source: Dhaka Tribune June 15, 2019 14:15 UTC