Coal-based power plants endanger Cox’s Bazar: BAPA

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:35, Nov 23,2019


Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan and Waterkeepers Bangladesh jointly hold a news conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity on Friday about the probable risks of building a coal-fired power plant near Cox’s Bazar. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan at a press conference on Friday said the under-implementation coal-fired power plants in Cox’s Bazar would endanger life, livelihood and ecology of the area having the largest sea beach in the world.

BAPA organised the press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity auditorium to launch a report titled ‘The tourist capital of Bangladesh endangered by plans to build the largest coal power hub in the world.’

BAPA president and human rights activists Sultana Kamal said from the most environmentally victim country Bangladesh was rising as the most polluter country in the world by setting these coal-based power plants.

She said the government was on the way to destroy forest, hill, sea and environment in the name of development.

She asked the government to take planned and environment friendly development projects which would serve mass people instead of a particular group of people.

BAPA executive vice-president Abdul Matin said BAPA time and again informed the government and the people of the upcoming danger from the coal-based power plants, but the government was yet to rethink their plan of setting more coal-based power plants.

Transparency International Bangladesh executive director Iftekharuzzaman said China and Japan very successfully motivated the government to make such hell by setting coal-based power plants.

BAPA general secretary Sharif Jamil said the government planned to set 17 coal-based power plants in 25 kilometre area in Cox’s Bazar and Chattogram to produce 17,944MW electricity which would pollute environment.

Due to the pollution, the life and livelihood of local residents, ecology and biodiversity and sea diversity would be affected severe.

Fazlul Kader Chowdhury, president of BAPA’s Cox’s Bazar unit said as the construction of the power plant started, people forced to change their profession and evicted from their households without proper compensation.

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