Kolkata: Ahead of crucial meet with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over Teesta, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that there is no water in the river (Teesta).
In an administrative meeting in Bankura, Mamata expressed concern over water crisis in the state and claimed that water levels are going down.
Prioritizing Bengal’s interest she said, “There is a water crisis in Teesta River. Water levels are drying up in Teesta as well as in Mahananda. Just imagine what will happen during peak summer.”
This is not for the first time when Mamata expressed her reluctance over sharing Teesta water with Bangladesh.
The Teesta river is one of the important sources of water for the entire north Bengal. Originating from the Teesta Kangse, a glacial lake in Sikkim located at an altitude of 7,068 metres, the river flows into Bengal via Sikkim and later enters Bangladesh.
Mamata is scheduled to meet Hasina and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a grand dinner hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee on April 8.
Hasina would be in Delhi from April 7 to 10, her first state visit in seven years, and would be putting up at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.