India is determined to build Tipaimukh Dam.

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Hydroelectric projects across the world criticized heavily. Apparently it looks green, in fact it is not. It has many adverse effects. China is now facing many environmental problems after Building three gorges dam.
But India is determined to go ahead with Tipaimukh Dam. Environmental activists in India and Bangladesh are opposing the proposed dam project since the beginning. Opposition parties in Bangladesh are also demanding the project to be stopped.
This 1,500 MW hydroelectric power project is under construction on the river Borak of Churachandpur district in western Manipur. Part of the Brahmaputra river system, the Barak bifurcates into the Surma and Kushiyara rivers on entering Sylhet in eastern Bangladesh.
Environmental activists say, this project will start desertification in Bangladesh, which is already suffering desertification in northwestern districts due to Farakka Dam. It will also affect on ecosystem of that area (Sylhet), will hamper rice production which require huge amount of water. And will also affect fish production because fish is mainly found in the monsoon when many part of that area goes under water.
Indian experts working with the project are saying this project will not affect the environment and this $1.7-billion Tipaimukh project is needed for Indian economy. Former Indian High commissioner to Bangladesh Pinak Ranjan made a controversial comment in which he termed Bangladeshi experts as ‘so called experts’. He was talking about those experts who were talking about possible adverse effect of this project.

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Shihab Uddin Ahmed

Shihab Uddin Ahmed is with Dhaka News since 2011. He has long experience of writing on various issues for web medium. He has a master’s degree from Jagannath University. You can read his science articles in English and Bengali on

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