Environmental activists on Wednesday demanded immediate shutdown of construction of the controversial Rampal 1,320MW coal-fired power project near the Sundarbans.
The green activists, while attending a procession in the capital organised to observe Sundarbans Day, also demanded immediate cancellation of the establishment of 320 factories near the world’s largest mangrove forest.
National Committee for Saving Sundarban and Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan jointly organised the procession in front of the National Museum in Shahbagh.
Activist and columnist Syed Abul Maksud said, ‘Environmentally hazardous industrial installations and Rampal power plant is being established near the Sundarbans with government approval, when it was the government’s responsibility to stop such installations.’
If these installations were not stopped immediately, the largest mangrove forest would be destroyed soon, he said.
BPA general secretary Mohammad Abdul Matin said, National Committee for Saving Sundarban has sent 13 studies on the adverse affect of Rampal power plant to Prime Minister’s office at least six months back, government was yet to respond to any of the studies.
Demanding full implementation of the recommendations made by joint UNESCO- IUCN reactive monitoring mission report, Abdul Matin also said that government should stop all the installations and establishment works of Rampal power plant as per the monitoring report of UNESCO-IUCN.
Last week, Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company, a 50-50 joint-venture between Bangladesh Power Development Board and India’s National Thermal Power Company, completed the piling test for Rampal Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant and was ready for civil construction and boiler erection for the power plant.
Among others, Dhaka University professor MM Akash and former director-general of the power cell BD Rahmatullah spoke at the programme.
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