Sunday, July 19, 2009

National consensus against Tipaimukh Dam needed

UNB, Dhaka

Speakers at a seminar here on Saturday emphasized the need for forging a national consensus against the Indian move to construct Tipaimukh dam as it would spell a disaster on Bangladesh once constructed.

"It's necessary for all of us to reach a consensus against the dam as it's a national problem," former Ambassador M Anwar Hashim told the seminar at CIRDAP auditorium.

Centre for Sustainable Development (CFSD) in association with Bangladesh Center for International Studies (BCIS) organized the seminar titled 'Trans Boundary Sharing: Concerns and Prospects'.

Presided over by CFSD president M Anwar Hashim, the seminar was addressed, among others, by Prof Dilara Chowdhury, former Ambassador Masud Aziz, NGO activist Syeda Rizwana Hasan and former member of Joint River Commission Junaid Kabir Chowdhury. They said the government should reach an understanding with opposition parties over the dam issue and mount diplomatic pressure on India to resist it from constructing the dam.

Hashim suggested that the government should not go for negotiations with India without having basic information about the Tipaimukh dam, which would cast far-reaching adverse impacts on the environment.

Quoting Prof Saeed Osman of Marry University VA, USA, Junaid K Chowdhury in his keynote paper said the dam, if constructed, would cause a loss of US $30 billion a year to Bangladesh.

He said the government should seek international help to stop India from building the dam.

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