Dhaka: Bangladesh on Saturday said it expects India
not to proceed with the cross-border hydro-electric Tipaimukh
dam project in Manipur without consulting it, warning that it
may approach international courts if it is "ignored" by New
"As a friendly country, Bangladesh trusts India ...
(but) if India ignores Bangladesh, we will go to international
courts to preserve our existence," Water Resources Minister
Ramesh Sen told an experts` dialogue on river management.
He said "national interest" may prompt the government
here to seek redress against the proposed cross-border
Sen said that Bangladesh has already informed New
Delhi that it is ready for a consultation with India on the
The minister`s comments came as main opposition BNP
today said it received a letter from Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh in response to a mail sent by its leader and ex-premier
Khaleda Zia three days ago on the Tipaimukh dam issue.
"We have received Dr Manmohan Singh`s letter from the
Indian High Commission in Dhaka but since madam (Zia) is
outside Dhaka on a political programme, we are yet to know
the contents," Zia`s press secretary Maruf Kamal Sohel told
Zia earlier demanded that India immediately "discontinue
the construction of Tipaimukh dam" and suggested a joint
survey to be carried out on its impact.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni two days ago said the Indian
government was yet to approve the controversial project as her
ministry was reassured by India that the dam would not divert
waters from the common river, Barak.
"We have information that the Tipaimukh dam project would
take 87 months for implementation and the Indian central
government has yet to approve it," she had said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina earlier this week told
Parliament that a high-level delegation would be sent to India
to discuss the issue, while proposals have also been made to
conduct a joint study to asses Tipaimukh`s viability.
Dhaka last week demanded details of Indian steps on
Tipaimukh "in full transparency" as New Delhi said that it had
signed a `Promoter`s Agreement` to install a Joint Venture
Company (JVC) for the project.