Mamata at launch of Bangla projects

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee attended a videoconferencing with Prime Ministers of India and Bangladesh - Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina - along with her Tripura counterpart Biplab Deb on Monday to inaugurate three joint projects in the neighbouring nation.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 11.09.18
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Modi at the launch of the projects through videoconferencing in Delhi on Monday. (PTI)

Calcutta: Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee attended a videoconferencing with Prime Ministers of India and Bangladesh - Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina - along with her Tripura counterpart Biplab Deb on Monday to inaugurate three joint projects in the neighbouring nation.

Sources at Nabanna said the three projects include 500 MW additional power supply from India to Bangladesh through the existing Bheramara (Bangladesh)-Behrampore (Murshidabad, West Bengal) interconnection.

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, sources said, thanked Mamata for her active support in completing the scheme. A senior Bengal government official said Modi's praise for the chief minister held significance as the Teesta water sharing treaty between India and Bangladesh was put on hold because of opposition from Mamata.

"But it appears India and Bangladesh are trying to move forward accepting Bengal's compulsion in carrying out a detailed survey before accepting the water sharing treaty," said a Nabanna official.

The Prime Minister mentioned during the videoconferencing that the project (supplying additional 500MW power) was being done using the transmission link between Bengal and Bangladesh.

"So, the Prime Minister has realised Bengal was ready to do whatever required to strengthen the India-Bangladesh relationship... The Teesta is an exception and it is a compulsion," said another official.

Later, Mamata said Bengal was ready to give another 1,000 MW to Bangladesh.