Sunday, August 30, 2009
People urged to join movement against Tipaimukh dam
August 30, 2009
Leaders of National Tipaimukh Dam Resistance Committee at a discussion yesterday stressed the need for spontaneous participation of the people in the movement against the construction of Tipaimukh dam by India.
They called upon the people to remain alert on the issue so that the Indian government could not construct the dam on Borak River. If India constructs the dam, the north-eastern region of the country would turn into a desert, they said.
The discussion was held at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) in the city as a part of observance of 'Global Solidarity Sit-in Tipaimukh Dam Programme'.
The programme was also observed in the day in different district headquarters of the country and cities of the world including Shilchar, Calcutta and Patna of India, Canberra of Australia, Tokyo of Japan and New York of America.
Coordinator of the committee Engineer Mohammad Hilal Uddin moderated the discussion while convener of Governance Coalition Mohsin Ali, chairman of Supra Abdul Awal, leader of INCIDIN Bangladesh Shafikul Ahsan, executive director of Chalanbeel Uddyag Abdur Rasid Sabuj, president of Women Trade Union Shahida Parveen Shikha, among others participated.
Referring to 50 large dams in the world, Engineer Hilal said that a 'water syndicate' is now active to build more dams on big rivers to serve their own interests. "Such immoral activities of the syndicate have also con tributed to global climate change," he said.
Indian renowned journalist Shankar Roy and veteran leader of Tipaimukh dam issue in India Engineer Dinesh Mitra expressed solidarity with the participants of the programme.