India assures Bangladesh on Tipaimukh.

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    India assures Bangladesh on Tipaimukh.
    TNN | Dec 3, 2011, 05.28AM IST

    NEW DELHI: In an attempt to assuage apprehensions in Bangladesh, India on Friday stressed it would not take any steps on Tipaimukh dam that would adversely affect the neighbouring country.

    Prime Minister​ Manmohan Singh gave this assurance to Gowher Rizvi and Mashiur Rahman, advisers to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, after meeting them this afternoon. In a statement, MEA said, "The Prime Minister reiterated the assurance he had given to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during his visit to Bangladesh in September, 2011, that India will not take steps on Tipaimukh project that will adversely affect Bangladesh."

    Rizvi and Rahman raised the Tipaimukh issue because it has grown to become a touchy political subject in Bangladesh. Opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia of BNP has been spearheading the protests on the issue.

    Last week, Zia even wrote to Singh on the subject. In his response to Zia's letter, the PM wrote back to her that India would not do anything to undermine the interests of Bangladesh.

    The MEA spokesman said Indian government had told the Bangladesh government it was ready to hold discussions on the Tipaimukh Hydroelectric Project. Earlier, Bangladesh had sent a 10-member delegation of political leaders to India to discuss the issue. The Bangladeshi politicians had visited the Tipaimukh project site in 2009, and were apparently convinced that it would not hurt Dhaka's interests.

    The recent spate of protests has been fuelled by reports that India has signed a "promoters agreement" to form a joint venture company for the dam. This triggered concerns in Bangladesh that the proposed 1,500 MW project being constructed on Barak river would starve Bangladesh of water not only on the Barak river but its biggest river, Meghna.

    Hasina's advisers also met power minister Sushil Shinde, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee​, home minister P Chidambaram​ and water resources minister.

    India assures Bangladesh on Tipaimukh - The Times of India

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