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  • Mamata meets Hasina at Rashtrapati Bhavan

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22:29 HRS IST

New Delhi, Apr 8(PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today met Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and explained the difficulties in sharing the Teesta river water with the neighbouring country.

Instead, she suggested, water of other small rivers which also flow into Bangladesh can be shared.

Banerjee, who had earlier met Hasina at Hyderabad House, met her for the second time at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the evening here.

She told Hasina that there was not adequate water in the Teesta river which can be shared with Bangladesh, according to a close aide of Banerjee.

She stressed upon the fact that West Bengal needs water for irrigation and drinking purposes and pointed out that during the summer Teesta becomes almost becomes dry.

Acknowledging the need of Bangladesh for water, Banerjee said water of other rivers which are also flowing into across the border can be shared.

She suggested a survey of these rivers to decide on the issue. Banerjee also invited Hasina to visit Kolkata.

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