Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Khaleda asks Manmohan not to build Tipai dam

Staff Correspondent

Opposition leader and former premier Khaleda Zia yesterday despatched a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting not to construct Tipaimukh dam on the river Barak considering the negative impacts on Bangladesh, reports UNB.

Meanwhile, in a letter to the parliamentary standing committee on water resources Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abedin Farroque proposed names of five experts in the parliamentary delegation on BNP's behalf for visiting the dam site.

Chairman of the committee Abdur Razzak yesterday expressed disappointment over BNP's proposal for including names of experts instead of lawmakers in the all-party delegation.

“The proposal for including five experts instead of your party lawmakers for the parliamentary delegation frustrated me,” he said in a letter to Zainul Abdin.

In his letter Razzak said the standing committee had approved to send a 10-member parliamentary delegation including a member of Joint River Commission and a water resources expert of BUET.

In addition Razzak mentioned that Zainul had--first verbally and then in writing--requested him to include one of their party [BNP] lawmakers but in a letter to him on June 21 Zainul proposed the names of experts.

One of the BNP's proposed experts Ainun Nishat, country representative of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in his interview with the BBC said he felt embarrassed and sorry to find his name in the BNP proposal.

“At first I was embarrassed as my name was proposed by BNP as a member of the delegation. I am not affiliated with any party politics. I am a technician and I talk about the matters that emerge from my analysis,” said Ainun.

Ainun told the BBC that he wanted to provide policymakers with the technical knowledge he had and did not want any politics over this matter

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