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BANGLADESH ENVIRONMENT NETWORK (BEN)

A global network to help Bangladesh protect her environment

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Stop Indian River Linking Project!

Join the protest rally at United Nations Headquarter in New York

Venue: Ralph Bunche Park, 1st Avenue, between 42nd and 44th Street

Time: May 25, Friday, 3-4 pm

(Memo to UN Secretary General, Ambassador of India)

 On February 27, the Indian Supreme Court directed the Indian Government to start implementing the Indian River Linking Project (IRLP) within 30 days and to complete this estimated $150 billion dollar project by 2016. The Court has even formed an implementation committee for the project. This court directive is similar to a death warrant for Bangladesh.

 The Indian River Linking Projectís main purpose is to transfer water from the Brahmaputra and the Ganges Rivers to western and southern India. Since 1974, following the diversion of water from the Ganges River, the Brahmaputra River has been supplying about 70 percent of dry season river water flow in Bangladesh. If now through IRLP India starts diverting Brahmaputra River water and more of the Ganges River water, the remaining rivers of Bangladesh will be pushed towards death.

 Both the Ganges and the Brahmaputra are international rivers, so that India has no right to divert their water unilaterally. IRLP therefore violates the 1997 United Nations Convention on Non-navigational Use of International Watercourses.

 In order to build international opinion against IRLP, Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN), together Bangladesh Society, New York, and other Bangladeshi community organizations, is holding a protest rally at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on May 25, Friday at 3-4 pm. Please join this rally and ask others to join it too. Resist IRLP and save Bangladesh rivers and environment!

 Contact: Sayed Fazlur Rahman (347-842-8527); Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed (610-203-9695); AKM Nurul Haque (917-916-3133); Semonty Wahed (718-729-0582); Faiza Fatema (347-586-4612); Urbi Dev (214-497-3201); Mahbubur Rahman (973-689-4164); Ahsanul I. Chowdhury (347-513-8348); Izazul Haque (917-916-3133).

Map of the Indian River Linking Project

 

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