The National Commission for Water Resource Development, set up by the ministry of water resources under the chairmanship of S.R. Hashim, had submitted a report, namely the Integrated Water Resource Development Plan. The report says: "The Himalayan river linking data is not freely available, but on the basis of public information, it appears that the Himalayan river-linking component is not feasible for the period of review up to 2050."
However, the if flood is to be relieved, water in substantial quantity needs to be removed by means of the link canals that will "be 50 to 100 m wide and more than 6 m deep", according to government's website explaining the modus operandi of "benefits." When a 10 m deep 100 m wide lined canal can at most carry about 1,500 cumecs of water, that would relieve flood only to the extent of 3 per cent and that too only downstream of the canal.
At the International conference on Water Resources of South Asia: Conflict to Cooperation (WRSA-CC) besides inaugural and concluing sessions there were four plenary sessions and several concurrent experts sessions. Plenary General Session 1, dwelt on State of Trans-boundary Water Resources Management and Future Direction. Hasanul Haque Inu, MP & Minister, Ministry of Information, Peoples Republic of Bangladesh referred to September 2011 framework agreement between India and Bangladesh. The other speakers included Gopal S. Chinton, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, Kelly Alley, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, U.S.A and Doug Hill, University of Otago, New Zealand.
Plenary General Session 2 dwelt on The Barak-Meghna River basin, Tipaimukh dam and Haors of Bangladesh. The speakers included Abdullah Abu Sayeed, Vice President, BAPA, Md. Matiur Rahman, MP, Sunamganj-4, Shakhawat Hasan Jiban, Organizing Secretary, BNP Sylhet Division
Hasnat Quaiyum, Haor People, M Inamul Haque, Former Director General, WARPO, R. K Ranjan Singh, Professor, Manipur University, India
Bedananda Bhattacharjee, Convener, Tipaimukh Badh Protirodh Andolon
Plenary General Session 3 dwelt on The Future of Teesta and Brahmaputra Rivers in the Context of Indian River Linking Project. The Speakers included Gopal Krishna, Coordinator, Water Watch Campaign of Toxics Watch Alliance, India, Kesav Krishna (bhai), River Activist, Assam, India besides Khandaker Bazlul Hoque, Vice President, BAPA, Tauhidul Anwar Khan, Former Member, Joint River Commission and Joya Mitra, Journalist, Assansol, Pashchimbonga, India
Plenary general session 4 dwelt on The Farakka Barrage and the crisis of the Ganges River basin. The speakers included Sayed Abul Maksud, Columnist and EC Member, BAPA, Fazle Hossain Badshah, MP, Rajshahi-2,
Zakir Hossain, Dean, Lock Haven University, USA, Chandrashekar Bhattacharjee, Journalist, Kolkata, Pacshchimbonga, India, Md. Khalequzzaman, Professor, Lock Haven University, USA and Member, BEN
Asif Nazrul, Professor, Dhaka University, S M Mijanur Rahman, Member Secretary, Boral Banchao Andolon and Md. Afzal Hossain, Member, Save Cholon Beel Movement
In the Strategy session a drafting committee for conference resolution was constituted.
In the concluding session the speakers included Shajahan Khan, MP, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Shipping, Dr. Nazrul Islam, Global Coordinator, BEN, Dr. Khondaker Azharul Haq, Vice President, BWP, Shajahan Khan, MP, Prof. Nazrul Islam and Kamrul Ahsan Khan
Besides these speakers there were eminent speakers in the expert session as well
'Takka 1 billion fines realised from polluters'
Dhaka, Jan 4 (bdnews24.com)––The government realised over Tk 1 billion in fines from business undertakings in the last four years for pollution and violation of the environment protection law.
Environment and Forests Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud disclosed the information while speaking at the inaugural function of a two-day international conference at Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University on Friday.
Two citizen forums working for protection of environment -- Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) and Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) -- jointly organised the conference styled 'Water Resources in South Asia: Conflict to Cooperation'.
The minister said the violators of environmental laws would not be 'spared'.
He said crisis of freshwater was a crucial issue globally, not only in the South Asian region and added that the fast growth in population increased the demand and use of water, lowering its availability.
Referring to trans-border water problems prevailing in South Asian countries, Mahmud said a difference of opinion was created over sharing of waters of 54 common rivers entering Bangladesh, but the government took initiatives to resolve the issues.
He claimed that Bangladesh reached a level to secure its due rights on the trans-boundary water resources with government initiatives.
After the inaugural function was over, Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu spoke at another session titled 'Present situation of inter-country water management and its future perspectives'.
He said: "The main obstruction to resolution of the trans-boundary water problems of South Asia is our efforts for bilateral resolution instead of taking multilateral initiatives. But unilateral efforts are needed for the resolution."
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr SM Nazrul Islam, BEN Member Dr M Khalequzzaman and BAPA Member Secretary Abdul Matin, among others, spoke at the inaugural session, chaired by BAPA President ASM Shahjahan.