Bangladesh Seeks Data From India For Flood Forecast: Bangladesh has sought data from the upstream stations on the Ganges, Brahmaputra, Barak and other rivers for accurate flood forecasting in the country, but India ) says that sufficient data is being given to Dhaka. Sources gave this information. According to sources, from this season onwards, India has extended the flood data sharing period to Bangladesh till October 31 to deal with any unforeseen situation.
The 38th meeting of the Ministry-level Joint Rivers Commission of India and Bangladesh was held in New Delhi on Thursday. The matter was discussed during the meeting. The Indian delegation was led by Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat while the Bangladeshi delegation was led by Minister of State for Water Resources Zaheed Farooq.
This is India’s stand on flood data
Sources said Bangladesh has sought data from ‘upstream stations’ on the Ganga, Brahmaputra, Barak and other rivers for accurate flood forecasting in the country but India has ensured that adequate data is being provided to the neighboring country. Sources also said that India has extended the flood data sharing period till October 31, which was earlier till October 15. It was also decided in the meeting that a standard operating procedure or protocol for sharing of flood data would be prepared by the technical committee and till then the existing mechanism would continue to operate.
Jal Shakti Ministry said this
Significantly, after a gap of 12 years, this meeting of the Joint River Commission between the two countries was held at the ministry level. However, over the years, there have been constant talks between the Commission on technical aspects. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, India and Bangladesh share 54 rivers, out of which seven rivers have been identified on a priority basis to develop a framework for water sharing agreements. In the meeting, it was agreed to widen the scope of cooperation by including eight more rivers for data exchange. This will be discussed further in the technical level committee of the Joint Rivers Commission.
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