India assures Bangladesh on Tipaimukh project
India assured Bangladesh that the Tipaimukh hydro-electric project in Manipur will not have an “adverse” impact on it as there will be no diversion of water for irrigation purposes.
What is Tipaimukh Dam?
The experts in Bangladesh say that this may affect the seasonal rhythm of the river and have an adverse effect on downstream agriculture and fisheries of Bangladesh. India says that this project would regulate excess water, control floods in Sylhet district of Bangladesh, western Manipur and southern Assam.
The dam will open a new waterway from Haldia port in West Bengal to northeast India via Bangladesh This dam will lead to the development of two national highways – NH 53 and NH 150 – thus improving the connectivity among Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. Water which will be used for generating electricity will be released back into the river. India would not build any barrage or structures for stopping water flowing downstream.