Agartala, Aug. 4: Opposition from Bangladesh has stalled a large number of projects in Tripura since 2007 despite the bonhomie between India and its neighbour and the Tripura government’s efforts to keep Dhaka in good humour.
“More than 20 irrigation, flood control and embankment projects along the Feni and Muhuri rivers in bordering Sabroom and Belonia subdivisions of South Tripura have been halted since 2007 following objections from Bangladeshi officials and the Border Guard Bangladesh,” water resource and public works department minister Badal Choudhury told reporters here today. He said Tripura’s vital interests would be affected adversely unless a solution was found.
Water resource department’s chief engineer Tapan Lodh said various minor and medium works in 21 places on the Indian side and 16 places in Bangladesh had remained half-finished because of incomplete talks between the two countries. He said the situation had not changed at the ground level despite signing of bilateral agreements.