Mamata to write to PM on Indo-Bhutan joint river panel

June 8th, 2012 - 10:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, June 8 (IANS) West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, calling for making the Indo-Bhutan Joint River Commission effective.

“The Indo-Bhutan Joint River Commission was a brainchild of then union water resources minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi. But the commission has now become virtually defunct,” state Irrigation Minister Manas Bhuniya told reporters.

A large number of rivers flowing through north Bengal and the country’s northeastern states originate in Bhutan.

“So we need to activate the Indo-Bhutan Joint River Commission to control floods in the north Bengal districts in line with the Indo-Bangladesh Joint River Commission,” Bhuniya said.

He said the joint river commission can also play an important role in the preparation of a master plan for controlling floods in north Bengal.

“Our chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will write to the prime minister in this regard,” he said.

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