Yesterday the leaders of the International Farakka Committee declared names of 24 members’ people’s commission for Himalayan rivers and its 14 member’s steering committee at the national press club which comprises citizens of Bangladesh, India, China, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan.
The International Farakka Committee is expecting that the upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will bring something fruitful in the water related issue and India would abandon its Tipaimukh dam project on the upstream of Barak River.
Water experts believe that there should not be any artificial structures on river flow as it always have negative impact on ecosystem. Desertification and flash flood is obvious in the downstream. Nature always maintains its ecological balance, it is certain that giant projects will hamper this balance.
Former Jahangirnagar University vice-chancellor Jasimuddin Ahmed, columnist Sadek Khan, daily New Nation editor Mostafa Kamal Majumder, Dhaka University professor Asif Nazrul, and Syed Irfanul Bari of the Bangladesh chapter of IFC were present among others at the press conference.
Organizers of the International Farakka Committee (IFC) claims that it’s a New York based non political environmental organization is working for the protection to rivers in the region.