Activists of orthodox Islamist political party Islami Andolan Bangladesh gather during a rally against the Tipaimukh Dam project in Dhaka. The political party marched towards the High Commission of India to demand a controversial dam project on a common river be scrapped due to environmental concerns, according to the leaders of the party.
New Delhi, Aug 27 : The first meeting of the India -Bangladesh sub group on Tipaimukh Hydroelectric project is scheduled to begin in New Delhi on Monday.
The sub group under the India-Bangladesh Joint Rivers Commission is set to meet for two days during which it is expected to formulate the terms of reference for a joint study to examine all issues related to the project including the proposal for joint participation in the hydro-electric power project.
The meeting of the sub group which includes relevant technical experts of both sides is scheduled to take place in pursuance of the decisions taken during the last Foreign Office Consultations between India and Bangladesh held in New Delhi in the last week of July this year.
The Tipaimukh Multipurpose Hydro electric Project is planned to be constructed near the Manipur - Mizoram border, downstream of the confluence of the river Barak with Tuivai, in Churachandpur district of Manipur.
With Bangladesh expressing concerns about the impact of the Tipaimukh project downstream, both countries decided to set up a sub group under the India Bangladesh Joint rivers commission to examine all issues related to the Tipaimukh project including the proposal for joint participation in the hydro-electric power project which is also expected to help in flood control.
Earlier in his address to the Dhaka University during his visit to Bangladesh in September last year, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had clearly stated with reference to the Tipaimukh dam project that India will not take any steps that will adversely affect Bangladesh.