For Sikkimese, dharma (faith, faith and duty) and folklore go hand in hand with economics. Sikkimes connect to nature in a fundamental and intrinsic way. Their relationship with water is simple and symbiotic. For them, it is a free public good, available for free. And they are an unwavering believe that the 2011 earthquake was the result of various hydel project projects on the Teesta River. The Sikkim Lepchas spent more than 900 days on hunger strike against the construction of a hydelprojekt project in Rathong Chu, a tributary of the Teesta River in Western Sikkim. For them, the valley is blessed by Buddhist guru Padma Sambhava. The sacred treasures, which are supposed to be hidden in the ground, mean that the communities of Lepcha and Bhutia in the region do not dare to intervene in the wild for fear of disaster. Water fills sacred vases in monasteries on the slopes of the mountain and is distributed to pilgrims on the 14th day of the first month of the Tibetan New Year. While all water disputes are referred to the Commission for settlement, the internal political climate in both countries is hostile to the idea of division and the leader has been put to the test to put in place cooperation mechanisms that benefit both his own population and the wider region. Due to the lack of progress in resolving the issue of the sharing of Thesta`s waters, the CCR has not met since 2011. However, Banerjee believes that the amount of water in the Teesta is decreasing and should be strengthened by the link with other rivers.
At least 54 rivers flow from India to Bangladesh, and Banerjee said this weekend in Delhi that she wanted some of them to be interconnected. Teesta is the vital artery of North Bengal and nearly half a dozen districts in West Bengal depend on the waters of Teesta. Gazaldoba dam on the Teesta River. Water on the other side of the gates was channelled to irrigation canals. It would be easier to build a dam to maintain water, said Rahman, an expert involved in the Delta 2100 plan – Bangladesh`s long-term plan to boost its economy and deal with climate change. In Bangladesh, in recent years, due to the construction of dams and upstream irrigation canals and the effects of climate change, water levels in the Teesta have dropped dramatically, further weighing on relations with India. This article gives a broad overview of the dispute over the sharing of rivers, a chronology of different educated commissions, proposed alternatives, etc. “This is unacceptable,” Nishat said, adding that the failure to implement the Thesta water-sharing pact is a “great setback” for Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in his own country. It will only strengthen the opposition in Bangladesh and undermine bilateral relations between Delhi and Dhaka, which are improving, Nishat said. The case should have been settled between Delhi and Dhaka without putting Banerjee in the picture, he added.