Saturday, August 8, 2009
Tipai issue a life and death problem: Suranjit
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said that after visiting the Tipaimukh Dam site, the parliamentary delegation could not play any positive role on the issue in the interest of the country.
They also said that the existence of the country will be under threat if the construction of the dam is completed on Borak River at the upper reaches of the rivers Surma and Kushiara.
The seminar on 'Tipaimukh Dam by India and Bangladesh: Resolve' was held at the National Press Club in the city organised by Jalalsbad Association, Dhaka.
Presided over by President of the organisation Dr CM Delwar Rana, the programme was addressed, among others, by AL leader and Chairman of standing committee on Law, Justice and Parliament Affairs Ministry Suranjit Sen Guptha, BNP leader and former minister Maj (Retd) Hafiz Uddin Ahmed, BNP leaders and former state ministers Ebadur Rahman Chowdhury and Enam Ahmed Chowdhury, AL lawmakers Hafiz Ahmed Majumder and Md Motiur Rahman, former director general of Haor Development Board Engineer Md Enamul Haque and water expert Engineer Masrurul Haque Siddique.
Suranjit said that there is no politics on Tipaimukh dam issue saying that the dam is life and death question for us.
He also said that 2 crore people of Haor areas of the country would be vulnerable directly if the dam is constructed. So the dam issue has to be resolved properly, he added.
Hafiz Uddin said that sending parliamentary delegation to visit Tipaimukh dam site was a wrong decision of the government.
He further urged the Government to immediately make public the
data and information about the dam if the Indian government has given those to the Bangladeshi parliamentary delegation during their recent visit.
Chairman of Bangladesh Unnyan Parishad Kazi Kholiquzzaman delivered a keynote paper at the seminar.