Jan. 13: Officials of India and Bangladesh will hold talks at Kuchlibari in Cooch Behar district tomorrow to discuss the construction of an embankment along the Teesta whose erosion has been threatening several villages.
The Teesta, which originates in Sikkim, flows through Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts and enters Bangladesh at Mekhliganj.
The river has been causing severe damage to Mekhliganj town and adjoining Charka-Haribari area in Nilfamari of Bangladesh over the past couple of years because of the erosion.
“For the past two years, Teesta has been fast changing its course, causing inundation and erosion of agricultural land, houses and even government properties in Kuchlibari and the nearby areas of Mekhliganj,” said an official of the North Bengal Flood Control Commission.
Narayan Chatterjee, the NBFCC chairman, said considering the state of affairs, experts of both the countries had suggested that an embankment be built at the zero point on the border to prevent further erosion and change of course.