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No major water related difference with Bangladesh: Soz

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Agartala, Sep 14 (UNI) Union Minister for Water Resource Prof Saifuddin Soz has expressed the hope that the minor differences with Bangladesh related to water disputes can be sorted out through discussions.

Briefing mediapersons here after a courtesy call to Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, Mr Soz said that ''there is no serious bone of contention with Bangladesh regarding water issues. Whatever minor differences we have can be sorted through bilateral discussions.'' He further said he appreciated Tripura's problem regarding various lift irrigation projects on the Fenni and Muhuri rivers in Sabroom and Belonia sub-divisions in the South District of Tripura which were suspended due to stiff opposition from Bangladesh Government.

''There are certain differences of opinion. We will try our best to sort it out,'' Prof Soz said.

The Union Minister is on a two-day visit to the state. He will leave for Sabroom and Belonia tomorrow and would inspect various sites of embankment in the Fenni and Muhuri river.

The Minister would also inspect minor lift irrigation schemes as well as the water supply schemes that were stalled due to objection from Bangladesh.

On September 16, he would leave for Kolkata and visit various disputed sites bordering Bangladesh. Then he would leave for Dhaka to inspect various disputed sites inside Bangladesh.

On September 19 and 20, he will attend the Joint River Commission meeting to be held at Dhaka. He would be accompanied by the Bangladeshi counterpart Hafizuddin Ahmed throughout the trip.

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