Photo: Ahmed Humayun Kabir Topu

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Photo: Ahmed Humayun Kabir Topu

Bangladesh and India have resumed monitoring the water level of the Ganges and Padma rivers at various points under the 1996 Ganges Water Sharing Treaty.

A two-member team of Indian experts – made up of Dipankar Das, executive engineer of India’s Central Water Commission, and Prakash S, deputy director of the commission – started recording the water level at 2 500 feet upstream from the point of the Hardinge Bridge on Padma since morning, said Md Roich Uddin, executive hydrological engineer at Pabna.

At the same time, a four-member team from Bangladesh led by TM Rashidul Kobir, executive engineer of the Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) began to measure the water level downstream from Farakka Point, he said. .

Each year, Bangladesh and India record the water level at different points in the river from January 1 to May 31, as agreed in the 1996 treaty.

The teams will record each 10 day cycle of the water level at the Hardinge Bridge point and the Farakka point and submit a report to the JRC.

The water flow at Padma remains in a much better position than the year before, so Bangladesh expects to get enough water this year, according to Hydrology.

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