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PM assures Bangla on Tipaimukh project

He also told them that New Delhi was ready to hold discussion with Dhaka on the issue.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday assured his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina’s advisors Gowher Rizvi and Mashiur Rahman that India would not take steps on the proposed Tipaimukh project that would adversely affect that country. He also told them that New Delhi was ready to hold discussion with Dhaka on the issue.

Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said,“The government has already conveyed to Bangladesh government its readiness to hold discussions… on the Tipaimukh Hydroelectric Project.”

The advisors met Singh and sought early consultation on the controversial 1500 MW hydro-electric (multi-purpose) project and its possible downstream impact on Bangladesh.

In the wake of recent uproar over signing of a promoter’s agreement by state-owned NHPC Limited,Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited and government of Manipur to set up a joint venture company for implementation of the Tipaimukh project,New Delhi said it still stood by its assurance to Dhaka that it would not take steps on the proposed hydro-power plant that would adversely impact Bangladesh.

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India had first assured Bangladesh on the Tipaimukh Project during Hasina’s visit to New Delhi in January 2010. “Prime Minister (Singh) reiterated the assurance he had given to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during his visit to Bangladesh in September 2011,” Prakash said.

First published on: 03-12-2011 at 01:31 IST
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