Request to High Commissioner re Tipai Mukh

Request to High Commissioner re Tipai Mukh

 

Lieutenant General Masud Uddin Chowdhury
The Honorable High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Australia
Peoples Republic of Bangladesh
 


Dear Mr. Masud
 
Good day from Sydney. Please find herewith a press release of a Alochona Sova on Tipai Mukh Dam showing our concern.
 
Regards
 
Ertaz Chowdhury, B.Sc( BUET). MIEAust, CPEng, NPER,
Professional Builder, Terranian Building Group
 
On Behalf of STOP TIPAIMUKH DAM ACTION GROUP, Sydney, Australia
 

Sydney, Australia. A “Discussion Forum” on Social, Political and Environmental Impact of Tipaimukh Dam on Bangladesh was organised by Stop Tipaimukh Dam Action Group, Sydney Australia at 6:30 pm on 9th August at Belmore Youth Resource Centre, Sydney.

 

Veteran Australian Agriculturalist Mr. Motaher Hossain told in his speech that extreme and unbearable effect of Farakka Dam on nature, environment and rivers of Bangladesh shows that Tipaimukh Dam will bring another man made disaster by Indian Government in the presence of more than forty Australian professionals namely Doctors, Agriculturalists, Environmentalists, Zoologists, Engineers, IT personnel and students of Bangladeshi origin.

 

Renowned Zoologist Dr. Ismail Hossain expressed his concern that Tipamukh dam will bring havoc to the nature and the ecology of Bangladesh as it happened to South-west of Bangladesh due to death trap of Farakka. He also compared lower riparian basin of Borak, Surma and Kushiara as an ecology puzzle, stopping natural water flows at upstream of international river violating article 1 of Charter of UN, Sanfranscico, 26/06/1945  means damning  vital elements of  puzzle from nature of Bangladesh.

 

Dr. Abul Khair Jalaluddin told that implementation of tipaimukh dam will destabilize nature and economy of Bangladesh. Eventually Bangladesh will be brought to knees of neighboring country.

 

Famous sociologist Dr. Waliul Islam informed that adverse effect of Dam is a contributing factor to a huge number of unemployment and floating people in the Bangladesh society. And these people are forced to involve in drug and prostitution for their survival that leads our younger generation to a vulnerable condition and depression.

 

As a guest Speaker famous Environmentalist Dr. Nargis Banu, pointing to Bangladesh government urged to take legal path as a protest to Tipaimukh Dam. In this instance BD government should become a signatory of UN Convention on the Law of the Non navigational Uses of International Watercourses-1997 with out delay any further and by doing the same Indian Government should behave as  a responsible country in international arena. She also asked World Bank not to involve in this project until Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) must be carried out for the whole stretch of down Stream of Borak River not the isolated part of India. She also expressed her dissatisfaction over Pinac Chokrabarti as he defamed our golden boys as “so-called Water Expert’. She also mentioned that proposed Dam construction area is a earthquake prone area due to its tectonic setting and geology made up of the Surma Rocks that can cause localised shifting or deflection. Tipaimukh dam site has been identified at the highest risk seismically hazardous zone. That means higher possibility to break the dam in an earthquake event which could eventually cause human catastrophe in downstream Bangladesh.

 

As a chairperson of this Discussion forum President of Bangla School and Cultural centre, Mr. Abedullah Haroone  told  Bangladesh Government to become more sincere in their approach to save this nation otherwise Bangladeshis of Sydney will call a International long march towards Tipaimukh Dam. Later on a resolution was read out by a member and delegate of Australian Labour Party named Mr. Yunus Mondal and vowed to continue our struggle to inform our deep concern to Australian Parliament, World Bank and international communities to protect 140 Million people of Bangladesh from unlawful dam activities that will create another Gaza of South East India. Sources: Ferdous Quddusi, RTNN Australian News Bureau, Sydney, Australia. 

End.

I would like to request the Honorable High Commissioner or anyone for that matter;

1.  “Why Bangladesh is not a signatory to the UN Convention regarding river and water”?

2. “When are we going to sign that Convention”?
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