Bangladeshi students in Lund protest against river destruction
Bangladeshi students at Lund University made a public demonstration against what they call the Titas River Destruction, on Friday 30 December 2011. The manifestation was held in front of the Lund University Vice Chancellor's building and Lund Tourist Office at Stortorget. It was broadcast by some of the national media of Bangladesh.
Titas is a trans-boundary river of south-eastern Bangladesh. It originates in the state of Tripura in India where it is known as Haora River. Flowing near Agartala (India), it enters Bangladesh in the Brahmanbaria District, then merges with the Meghna River to the south near Ashuganj. As part of an agreement on transit rights between the governments of India and Bangladesh, a road has recently been built over the river by dividing the same, though there are already one rail and road bridge over Titas river. But since the Indian vehicles (weighing more than 350 ton) will pass through this way, the old road is not capable to keep weight such type of heavy vehicles. That's why ODC company of India has divided Titas by constructing a road. Now the transit vehicles are going through that road (photo to the right).
The students demand that Bangladeshi authorities should see to it that the new built road is removed. They are also eager to arrange a joint seminar with faculty and departments at Lund University working on Water Resource Engineering, Ecology, and Social Sciences. Their goal is to sustain the destructive attitude to international organizations and remove the road from Titas by saving the ecology.
It should be noted that the students at Lund University do not protest against Indian transit traffic in general, but have a specific demand that the road should be removed from Titas river, whose flow has been negatively affected.