The National Committee to protect oil, gas, mineral resources, power and ports on Saturday urged the political parties to uphold people’s demands for scrapping of all hazardous power and energy related development projects in their election manifestos.
The Committee called all walks of people to participate in the Global Solidarity for Sundarbans programmes scheduled to be observed on November 10.
Addressing a news conference at Pragati Conference Hall in Dhaka, the Committee’s member secretary Professor Anu Muhammad said that the government is serving the interests of the international and local vested groups as it still remained firm to execute anti-environment coal, nuclear and LNG power projects amid widespread concerns and protests.
He requested the potential contesting parties in the upcoming national elections to campaign against all hazardous power projects including the controversial Rampal coal-fired power plant near the Sunderbans, world’s largest mangrove forest in the world.
Arguing that the installation costs of the Rooppur nuclear power plant had increased manifold within the last three years, Anu demanded immediate publication of a white paper regarding the ongoing expenditures of the project and its environmental impact and risk assessment.
He urged the political parties to raise their voice against the incumbent government’s hidden treaties on leasing the country’s port, inland river ways and rail network to foreign parties.
On behalf of the committee, Anu reiterated demands for revoking the Speedy Supply of Power and Energy (Special Provision) Act-2010 since he feels that the law gives impunity to the corrupt officials in the power and energy sectors.
‘Before declaration of the poll schedule, the government should scrap the controversial act. We request the other political parties to raise their voice against corrupt practices in the power and energy sectors,’ Anu said reading out a keynote paper.
The Committee convener Sheikh Muhammad Shaheedullah chaired the conference attended also by political leaders and activists Tipu Biswas, Banni Shikha Jamali, Ruhin Hossain Prince, Bazlur Rashid Firoz, Kallal Mostafa and Nazrul Islam, among others.
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