Neighbouring Bangladesh has agreed to allow use of water of Feni river for irrigation and drinking purpose in Sabroom subdivision of South Tripura district, officials said on Tuesday.

A five-member technical delegation of Bangladesh Water Development Board led by Md Shidul Islam on Monday visited Sabroom town and held a meeting with a team of Public Health Engineers, and agreed to allow use of the water for drinking and irrigation, Chief Engineer of Tripura (Drinking water), Tapan Lodh said.

Mr. Lodh, who led the team of engineers of Tripura said the Bangladesh delegation agreed to the setting up of a 6.5 lakh gallon drinking water treatment plant and to allow farmers to use the river water for irrigation.

“We have also agreed to allow the farmers of Bangladesh to use the river water for irrigation and drinking purposes,” Mr. Lodh told reporters.

He said Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her recent visit to India had agreed to resolve the long - pending issue of sharing of water of the Feni and added that Monday’s meeting was a follow up of the Delhi-Dhaka talks.

Mr. Lodh said a joint survey would be conducted on February 12 and after the survey was completed, work on the water treatment plant would start.

He said the problems of water sharing of the Feni remained unresolved since 1958 and the matter had been discussed at many meetings of the Joint River Commission.