United movement to save water resources called for

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:59, Nov 16,2019


Bhasani Anusari Parishad brief journalists about their demand for fair shares of cross-boundary rivers water with India at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photo

Dhaka University professor emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury on Saturday said there should be no compromise on water resources of Bangladesh Speaking at a views exchange on the issue of India’s withdrawal of water on Feni River without Bangladesh’s government’s approval, the academician called upon the government to protect Bangladesh’s national interests.

Bhasani Anusari Parishad arranged the programme at National Press Club in Dhaka.

‘For the first time I have heard today that India is withdrawing water of Feni river installing 36 pumps,’ Serajul said. He called on the leaders of the left parties to be united to wage a united national movement to save water resources of the country.

Water expert M Enamul Haque said an 11-member team of Bhasani Anusari Parishad recently visited the Feni river area and found India was withdrawing water with 36 illegal pumps.

He called on the government to take initiatives to resolve issues of sharing water of common rivers between Bangladesh and India and sign deal on sharing Teesta water immediately.

Gonoshasthya Kendra founding trustee and chairman of the parishad, Zafrullah Chowdhury said, ‘On the birthday of Maulan Bhasani on December 12, we floated a platform for saving the country’s water resources at a rally at Santosh in Tangail.’

Socialist Party of Bangladesh general secretary Khalequzzaman said Bangladesh must settle water issues of all the 54 common rivers between two countries.

Ganosamhai Andolan chief coordinator Zonayed Saki said prime minister Sheikh Hasian had failed to achieve anything of Bangladesh’s national interest during her recent visit to India. She rather signed a deal allowing India to lift water from the river Feni, he said.

Bikalpadhara Bangladesh faction chairman and Dhaka University professor Nurul Amin Baperi, Gono Dal president AKM Golam Mawla Chowdhury, Revolutionary Workers Party general secretary Saiful Huq, and the parishad general secretary Rafiqul Islam Bablu and others took part in discussion.

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