August 21, 2009
A conference of Surma Kushiara Meghna Bachao Andolan in the capital yesterday called for drumming up support of the people for the movement to resist the construction of the Tipaimkh dam.
The leaders of the organisation said they would declare a programme for a still greater movement in this regard on the occasion of the 33th death anniversary of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani in November.
The conference held at the Dr MA Hadi Auditorium in the city was attended by delegates from 18 districts of the basin of the rivers Surma, Kushiara and Meghna.
Former member of University Grant Commission Prof Dr Tarek Shamsur Rehman presided over the programme while former environment and water expert of United Nations Engineer Dr SI Khan, Vice Chancellor of Manarat International University Prof Dr Abdur Rab, lawyer Zubayer Ahmed Bhuiyan, took part in the discussions.
Dr SI Khan said that natural flood is necessary for the country, as without flood Bangladesh would be turned into a desert. If India constructs the Tipaimukh dam on the Borak River, the rivers Surma, Kushiara and Meghna will become dry. Consequently, a vast area of the country would be severely affected for want of water, he added.
Dr Abdur Rab stressed the need for forging greater national unity to resist India's move to construct the dam saying that the issue is a question of life and death for us.
Member Secretary of the organisation Md Selim Uddin conducted the programme while delegates of different districts addressed it. Md Kamal Hossain (Chadpur), Shahin Ahmed Khan (Moulvibazar), Jaber Hossain Rasel (B.Baria), Abdul Motin (Kishorgonj) and Mizanur Rahman Rasel (Shariatpur) were among the speakers. Speakers said that the government should discuss the issue with Indian government and if the latter did not stop the construction of the dam, our government should raise the issue in the international court.
The next course of action was declared at the conference.