16 new Ganges barrages plan: IFC, NY plans UN demo in Feb

16 new Ganges barrages plan: IFC, NY plans UN demo in Feb

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The International Farakka Committee New York Inc would organise a demonstration before the United Nations in February to protest the diversion of water of all common rivers at upstream of Bangladesh and the move to construct 16 new barrages on the Ganges.
This was announced by Atiqur Rahman Salu, chairman, International Farakka Committee, in his presidential address made at a human chain organised in New York on Saturday to protest the move for 16 new barrages on the Ganges and protested the unilateral diversion of common rivers. Those present at the human chain such act on the part of the big neighbour as against humanity.Speakers at the meeting said that the rivers in Bangladesh are drying up as India constructed hundreds of dams and barrages on the common rivers since the commissioning of the Farakka Barrage in 1975. Bangladesh is facing desertification as a result, and water is becoming scarce even for drinking, they observed.
The diversion of water in such a manner would endanger the physical security of Bangladesh, the speakers observed and thanked the government of Bangladesh for protesting the move to construct 16 new barrages on the Ganges.
The IFC New York urged the government to raise the river water issue with the 6th committee of the United Nations like as the issue of maritime boundary was taken up with the International Tribunal on the Law of the Seas.  Not doing this would amount to committing suicide, they said adding that construction of new bundhs at upstream should be stopped.
The speakers suggested a regional approach involving the participation of Bangladesh, India, China, Nepal and Bhutan for integrated management of water resources .
The Human chain in a resolution also called for protesting the injustice and water aggression unitedly by forgetting all differences and cleavages of the past to secure river-water rights of Bangladesh. The Human chain also expressed the hope that the conscientious people and environmentalist of India would be beside the people of Bangladesh in support of their just demand.
The function conducted by IFC jount secretary Ataur Rahman Ata, was addressed by Abdur Rahim Hawladar, general secretary, Bangladesh Society of New York,  Md Aminullah, chief adviser of IFC,  Osman Chowdhury, Zakir Hawladar, activist Abul Bashar, Zaman Sarkar, Azad Bakir and Faruque Hossain Majumder among others.
A large number of expatriate Bangladesh took part in the human chain braving the wintry chill of below zero degree temperature. – IFC, New York press release.

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