The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports on Tuesday demanded immediate halt of implementing a 307MW coal-fired power plant at Taltali upazila in Barguna.
They demanded punishment of the power plant implementing authorities who had lodged ‘false’ case accusing some Taltali villagers who protested at the power plant fearing loss of their land and livelihoods.
A multi-national venture of China-based Power China and local ISO Tech Electrification Company Limited was installing the power plant at a cost of about $540 million.
In a statement, the national committee convener Sheikh Muhammad Shahidullah and member secretary Anu Muhammad alleged that the plant implementing company was acquiring land of poor villagers adjacent to reserved forests violating law and a court order.
They said that the government had approved the power plant to serve vested interest groups.
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