Feni River

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Feni River
River
Countries Bangladesh, India
Tributaries
 - right Muhuri River
Landmark Closure Dam
Length 108 km (67 mi)

Feni River (Bengali: ফেনী নদী Feni Nodi) is a river in the Indian state of Tripura and southeastern Bangladesh. It is a trans-boundary river with an on-going dispute. But recently India, Bangladesh finalised deal on Teesta, Feni river waters course of the river Feni River originates in South Tripura district and flows through Sabroom town and then enters Bangladesh. Muhuri River, also called Little Feni, from Noakhali District joins it near its mouth. The river is navigable throughout the year by small boats up to Ramgarh, some 80 km upstream. The question of sharing of the waters of the river between India and Pakistan was discussed way back in 1958. Reports from Pakistan say, “India is trying to withdraw water from Feni River for irrigation projects in exchange of resolving erosion problem in Bangladesh side of this bordering river.” According to statement on sharing of river waters with Bangladesh, released by India, “Feni River has been added to its mandate in the 36th JRC meeting. A decision was taken in the meeting that the Ministers of Water Resources of both the countries would visit the sites where developmental works have been held up. This Joint Inspection of various locations of developmental and flood protection works on common rivers was held from September 14–21, 2006.” Sabroom in South Tripura, in India, is only 18–20 km from Bay of Bengal, but it is a virtually a land locked territory. There is a thinking that an inland harbour could be built at Sabroom, connected to the sea through a canal, if Bangladesh allows it.

Course of the river[edit]

Feni River originates in South Tripura district and flows through Sabroom town and then enters Bangladesh.[1] Muhuri River, also called Little Feni, from Noakhali District joins it near its mouth. The river is navigable throughout the year by small boats up to Ramgarh, some 80 km upstream.[2]

Dispute[edit]

The question of sharing of the waters of the river between India and Pakistan was discussed way back in 1958.[3]

Reports from Pakistan say, “India is trying to withdraw water from Feni River for irrigation projects in exchange of resolving erosion problem in Bangladesh side of this bordering river.” [4]

According to statement on sharing of river waters with Bangladesh, released by India, “Feni River has been added to its mandate in the 36th JRC meeting. A decision was taken in the meeting that the Ministers of Water Resources of both the countries would visit the sites where developmental works have been held up. This Joint Inspection of various locations of developmental and flood protection works on common rivers was held from September 14–21, 2006.”[5]

Inland port in Tripura[edit]

Sabroom in South Tripura, in India, is only 18–20 km from Bay of Bengal, but it is a virtually a land locked territory. There is a thinking that an inland harbour could be built at Sabroom, connected to the sea through a canal, if Bangladesh allows it. The construction of such a harbour could reduce considerably the cost of transportation of goods from the rest of India to Tripura and the north-east of India. However, it is all at the thinking stage and no proposal have been tabled.[1]

Bridge[edit]

A bridge is to be built over the Feni River to link up with Tripura. Construction is to begin in December 2010 for the 150 meter link between Sabroom and Ramgarh,[6] the importance of this is that it is the only land link between India's eastern states and its western states other than through Assam.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sabroom Feni River Canal". Forum Twipra.com. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  2. ^ Chowdhury, Saiful Quader. "Feni River". Banglapedia. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  3. ^ "Agreement between India and Pakistan on border disputes (East Pakistan), 10 September 1958". Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Retrieved 2007-12-18. [dead link]
  4. ^ "India trying to withdraw water from Feni River". Associated Press of Pakistan, 30 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-18. [dead link]
  5. ^ "India-Bangladesh Political Relations". Sharing of River Waters. Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, February 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  6. ^ http://www.sify.com/finance/india-bangladesh-to-start-work-on-bridge-this-month-news-default-kmwlOogfjjh.html

Coordinates: 22°46′N 91°26′E / 22.767°N 91.433°E / 22.767; 91.433