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12:00 AM, June 10, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 10, 2009

Take steps to stop construction of Tipaimukh dam

Political parties urge govt

Communist Party of Bangladesh and Workers Party jointly form a human chain at Muktangan in the city yesterday protesting Indian initiative to build Tipaimukh Dam.Photo: STAR

Leaders of different political parties yesterday called upon the government to take effective steps to stop the construction of Tipaimukh dam on Borak river saying that it will cause ecological disaster for the country.
They also urged the people to raise their voice as India is going ahead with the construction of the dam violating the international river laws and denying the interest of Bangladesh.
They said vast areas of Bangladesh will be adversely affected due to construction of Tipaimukh dam.
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB-Reconstituted) yesterday formed a human chain and later held a rally at the Muktangan in the city to condemn the Indian move and termed it unacceptable.
Speakers at the rally presided over by CPB President Manjurul Ahsan Khan said India cannot interfere with the natural flow of water of any river without the consent of the downstream country.
But India is still doing it breaching all international laws, charters and norms, they added.
The speakers said if the dam is built Bangladesh would face environmental disaster and at the same time the relation between the two countries would be damaged forever.
Moreover, the dam will harm not only the people of Bangladesh but also the people of three Indian states, they added.
CPB General Secretary Mujahidul Islam Selim, Convener of (WPB-Reconstituted) Haider Akbar Khan Rano, CPB central leader Ruhin Hossain Prince also addressed the rally.
Meanwhile, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) has urged the people to resist the Indian move to build Tipaimukh Dam unitedly.
At a meeting of its thana coordinators in the city yesterday, the party leaders expressed deep concern over the conspiracy of turning Bangladesh into a desert.
They said the past BNP-Jamaat-led government including the caretaker government did not say anything against the construction ofTipaimukh dam and the present government is also silent.
The meeting was presided over by city Convener Bazlur Rashid Firoz.

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