Bangladesh will require dredging its rivers if it is to sign a river transit agreement with Bhutan. It will look to the World Bank for a soft loan for this purpose. However, it fears that the World Bank would not agree to the loan if India does not approve.

Bangladesh also wants to import hydro-electricity from Bhutan. India’s approval is also needed in this case. Bhutan has already said that a deal between Bangladesh and Bhutan will be not enough for the hydro-power agreement. A tri-nation agreement between India, Bhutan, and Bangladesh is needed for this. Read more

Courtesy: Prothom Alo Economy