Sunday, July 19, 2009

Khaleda urges India not to build Tipaimukh Dam

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Saturday urged the Indian government to abandon the idea of constructing Tipaimukh Dam on the river Barak considering its disastrous impact on the environment of both the countries.

Khaleda, also the leader of the opposition, was addressing a seminar on the impact of Tipaimukh dam this afternoon at a city hotel organised by her party. She also urged the Bangladesh government to work together with the opposition regarding this national issue.

Khaleda said her party is ready to co-operate with the government in all major issues to protect the country's sovereignty and interest.

Khaleda said that the government has nothing to fear in resisting the construction of the dam. "They will not be alone if they take a bold decision in this regard," Khaleda said.

"The Tipaimukh dam will have a serious impact on Bangladesh. BNP will do whatever it needs to protect the country's interest," Khaleda added.

Eminent citizens, political leaders and media representatives were present at the programme while water experts gave a technical presentation on the impact of the proposed dam on the environment.

Engineer ANH Akhter Hossain presented the keynote paper at the programme.

Addressing the seminar former water minister Major (retd) Hafiz Uddin Ahmed said though the government is satisfied with India's assurance over Tipaimukh dam, his party would always oppose such projects on the trans-boundary rivers.

Among others, Standing Committee member of BNP Dr. Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain were also present at the occasion.

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