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B'desh parliament team to visit India

world Updated: Jul 10, 2009 20:00 IST
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Bangladesh will send a 10-member parliamentary delegation to India next week to discuss the issue of cross-border Tipaimukh Dam as Dhaka again expressed its concern over the project on Barak River in Manipur.

The delegation to be led by parliamentary standing committee chairman on water resources ministry Abdur Razzak is set to leave here on a week-long visit to New Delhi and the project site at Manipur state on July 15, officials said.

Razzak was not available for comments as he was abroad on a personal tour but officials familiar with the process said the delegation included a lawmaker from fundamentalist Jamat-e-Islam but the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party did not nominate any of their legislators in the team.

"The delegation will first visit New Delhi for talks with Indian water resources minister and other concerned officials and then go to the Manipur state to see the site," an official of the water resource ministry told PTI.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday carried a letter from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in New Delhi conveying Dhaka's concern about the dam, which is widely feared to be affecting the ecosystem and livelihood in lower riparian Bangladesh.