Two organisations urge India
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called upon India to immediately stop building all sorts of dams, including the controversial Tipaimukh dam, as it will adversely affect the environment, agriculture and bio-diversity of Bangladesh.
They also urged the people of Bangladesh and India to raise voice against the Tipaimukh dam for the sake of their own existence.
Haoranchalbashi and Janaodhikar Andolan, two social organisations, arranged the discussion styled “Tipaimuk Dam, Killing of River and Ecological Catastrophe” at Sangskriti Bikash Kendra in the capital.
Risi Dalai, editor of the magazine Charbak, said the Farakka Barrage experience was not good for Bangladesh. “So our statement is clear: stop construction of all sorts of dams,” he added.
When the developed countries are destroying their dams admitting its adverse impact on environment, the third world countries are going for it. This cannot be acceptable, said Risi Dalai.
Hasnat Quaiyum, a Supreme Court lawyer, said people of Bangladesh and India would be affected once the Tipaimukh dam is constructed. “Hence we must jointly wage a movement against it.”
M Inamul Haque, former director general of Bangladesh Haor and Wetland Development Board, said people needed to be made aware of the adverse impact of the Tipaimukh dam.
-With The Daily Star input