ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh and Bangladesh have decided to initiate a holistic approach for sub-regional cooperation regarding management of the Brahmaputra for mutual benefits.

Arunachal Pradesh water resources development minister Newlai Tingkhatra, during a meeting with visiting Bangladesh high commissioner to India Tariq A Khan here on Friday , discussed ways to tackle the problem of siltation through river dredging and building embankments so that proper water depth is developed for inland water transportation.

Khan advocated an integrated and holistic management of the flood problem in Arunachal, as well as the Brahmaputra basin, sources said here on Saturday.

Tingkhatra added that Bangladesh was equally concerned and apprehensive of diversion of the Brahmaputra’s waters in China. “Arunachal Pradesh is the source of water for the Brahmaputra basin and thus, the primary stakeholder in all respects in the management of the Brahmaputra in terms of hydropower generation and navigation,” he said. The tapping of state’s huge hydropower potential was also discussed.