The Bangladeshi parliamentary delegation leaving for the
site of the proposed Tipaimukh dam in Manipur left for India on Wednesday.
The team will ask for India’s assurances that it will not
withdraw water from the Barak River through any irrigation project.
The delegation is headed by former water resources minister
Abdur Razzak, is scheduled to being their trip in New Delhi and then make a
trip to the dam’s proposed construction site before returning to the capital. They
are expected to make a report outlining the situation upon their arrival in
The 10-member delegation, comprising six lawmakers, three
officials and only one water expert, will hold talks with Indian officials at
the water resources and energy ministries.
The oppositional Bangladesh National Party (BNP) did not
send any of its partymembers on the team despite an ongoing political battle to
create a bipartisan delegation.
But Bangladeshi environmentalists and water experts said
that if the multi-purpose dam project is implemented, it will cause ecological
imbalance in downstream Bangladesh.
The proposed Indian dam is 162.8 meters high and will cause
the submergence of 311 square kilometers of land in order to generate 1,500
megawatts of electricity