New Delhi: Bangladesh on Tuesday hoped that the interim agreement on water sharing of Teesta river will be signed "sooner rather than later" even as India allayed Dhaka's fears on river interlinking projects, saying nothing will be done to affect the interests of neighbours.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni met Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal here and the two sides discussed the Teesta water sharing agreement, river interlinking projects and the Tipaimukh project India plans to build over Barak river.
"We talked about Teesta, we talked about Tipaimukh and interlinking of rivers. He (Bansal) gave an assurance again on interlinking project that nothing will be done on the Himalayan component so we need not worry about this," Moni told reporters after meeting the Water Resources Minister at his Parliament House office.
To a poser on whether she sought a timeline to sign the Teesta treaty, Moni said, "We hope it can be done sooner rather than later."
Bansal said Moni was told that the government was in the process of formulating an internal consensus on Teesta treaty and was hopeful of achieving positive results.
He told that India allayed fears on river interlinking and said nothing will be done on the projects in the Himalayan component (which has 14 potential interlinking projects) that would affect the interests of the neighbours.


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