Human chain protest move for 16 new barrages on Ganges

Human chain protest move for 16 new barrages on Ganges

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The International Farakka Committee (IFC) today orgaised a human chain to protest the move to construct another 16 barrages at the upper reaches of the Ganges and unilateral withdrawal of water of the Teesta and all other common rivers, in front of the Jatiya Press Club Dhaka . On the same day similar human chains were organised in 13 cities and towns of Bangladesh including 11 district headquarters, plus different cities in the United States, Canada, United Kingdon and Australia.People spontaneously took part in the human chain programmes held at thye port city of Chittagong, Comilla, Daudkandi, Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Kishoreganj, Tangail, Sylhet, Rajshahi and Kurigram. The IFC distributed a status paper on the river flow situation in the form of a leaflet from the human chain programmes.
Political leaders and water experts told the human chain programme in Dhaka that the physiical security of Bangladesh, environment, life and livilihood of the people have been threatened by unilateral withdrawal of water from common rivers. Withdrawal of excessive water from upstream of the Ganges has led to the process of desertification in the South-Western region of Bangladesh. Since the independence in 1971 the flow of this river has fallen by 90 percent to the present 10 percent, the said. As a result 30 rivers in the Ganges dependent areas in Bangladesh have already become dead. The move to construct 16 new barrages on the Ganges means no warter would remain of the river to flow to Bangladesh.
The Northern region of Bangladesh is going to face the same consequences because of diversion of the flow of the Teesta. The flow of the river is already being diverted to the Ganges by constructing the Gazaldoba barrage, and from there to further south. India has constructed barrages or dams on 52 other common rivers that flow through bangladesh.
Severe water scarcity has emerged in Bangladesh during the dry season due to dirversion of water of the common rivers. As as result live and livelihood in Bangladesh dependent on these rivers have been under dangerous stress. Unilateral water withdrawal voilates not only international river, water laws and conventions, but also the Ganges water sharing treaty of 1996.
Convener of Nagorik Oikya Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Jatiya Party leader Mostafa Jamal Haider, Biplabi Workers’ Party general secretary Saiful Haque, central leader Bahni Shikha, Jatiya Party  presidium member Adv. Mujibur Rahman, Workers’ Party leader Aminul Islam Golap,  water expert Engr Inamul Huq, IFC Bangladesh president Prof. Jasim Uddin Ahmad, IFC sr vice-chairman Awlad Hossain Khan, IFC Bangladesh sr vice-president SI Khan and IFC coordinator Mostafa Kamal Majumder.
The speakers demanded decommissining of all dams and barrages including Farakka and Gazaldoba on common rivers to ensure natural flow of the common rivers which are vital to life and livelihood in Bangladesh.
They demanded of the government to raise the issue of common rivers with the sixth committee of the United Nations. They pointed out that Bangladesh succeeded to secure maritime boundary only after going to the international court. –  Press release

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