However, Bangladeshs disapproval of the project on grounds that its implementation would divert waters from the Brahmaputra and its tributaries to the Ganga, thereby leaving it water-starved during the dry season, may well be unfounded. According to studies conducted by Indian experts, there is no real conflict of interests amongst the various states. While no problems are envisaged during seasons of plenty, the agreements signed between the two states already stipulate that Bangladesh will continue to receive its share of the river waters during the lean seasons. For instance, while, according to the Ganga Treaty signed in 1996, Bangladesh is assured of a stipulated quantum of water during the dry seasons, Dhakas lean season share could benefit by receiving part of the augmented water availability if the river interlinking project goes through. Nepal, for its part, could benefit by harnessing its hydro potential with the Himalayan component of the project. Of course, all this would be premised on frank and transparent consultations between the involved parties. Given that most of Indias problems with its neighbours are the result of a feeling of being ignored as well as a lack of transparency, the government would do well to take them into confidence on the project so as to reassure them that not only would their interests be safeguarded, but also instruct them on the benefits accruing from participating in the project.