Teepaimukh Issue Raised in the European Parliament

Ref: European Parliament: DSAS_0J (2012) 0619

Brussels, 19 June 2012


European Parliamentary session on 'Water management issues in South Asia
focusing particularly on Teepaimukh Dam
was held on Tuesday, 19 June 2012.


Dr. Hasanat Husain MBE, Convenor Voice For Justice World Forum, was invited as its keynote speaker.
Dr. Husain made presentation on water management challenges globally and in South Asia and then
highlighted the issue of the Teepaimukh Dam.


The session was chaired by Euro MP Mr. Thomas Mann.

At the meeting, delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia were told:

'In the light of findings of Sichuan earthquake in China, which killed 68,000 people and
left 11 million homeless (Zipingpu Dam was the cause of this devastation), seismic vulnerability,
tectonic plate formation and the presence of geological faults; Tipaimukh Dam India is building
in its North East corner bordering Bangladesh, is technically, financially, ethically, morally,
environmentally not viable.

Teepaimukh Dam, with a water weight of 15.9 billion tons,
(compared to Zipingpu's 1.12 billion, which is 13 times less)
is a water bomb in the making.

In the event of a medium size earthquake in that area, the Dam will vanish in miniutes and
10 million lives will perish.

The 163m high Dam itself will submerge more than 286 sq. km. of prime farmland.

One-third of Bangladesh and lives of 40 million Bangladeshis will be affected.

Indian states of Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland and Myanmar will be affected.

Indian authorities ought to remember that the most powerful earthquake recorded triggered
by filling of a Dam is a magnitude 6.3 tremor flattened the village of Koynanagar in Maharashtra,
Western India on 11 December 1967 and
also, the strong earthquake, measuring again 6.3
on the Richter scale and of long duration, was the fifth in a row in 40 days, that hit Northeastern
in September, 2009.

Dr Husain pointed out that the European Union succeeded in resolving one of its own water
management issues (the damming of the Danube) with the signing of the London protocol.

The EU should, therefore, be proactive in helping South Asia resolve similar issues, he said

Euro MEP Dr. Phillip Bennion and Dr. Genoveva Hernandez Uriz, representing the European External
Action Service, took part in the discussion that followed.

The session was also attended by diplomats from India, Pakistan & Bangladesh missions in Brussels.

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