The second day’s secretary-level meeting of a two-day dialogue with India on power-sector cooperation ended in the capital recently.
At the meeting on January 31 Bangladesh again said no to an Indian proposal for setting up a 1320MW joint-venture coal-fired power plant adjacent to Anwara Parky sea beach in Chittagong, in view of disputes from landholders as well as greens.
Bangladesh power division secretary Monwar Islam and Indian power secretary P Uma Sanker co-chaired the power talks.
“Land of Anwara disputed with private owners. The court would settle the matter. So, it’s not high time to take decision on the issue,” the home side told the Indian team.
Earlier, Bangladesh and China had a plan to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up the plant, but the government is yet to finalise the decision to sign the deal as the Chinese counterpart has sought its 51 percent share.
Earlier, the High Court directed the government not to proceed with thermal power plant at Anwara without permission from the department of environment and other authorities concerned and sans a feasibility study by foreign experts.
Acting upon a public interest litigation, a division bench comprising Justice Naima Haider and Justice Farid Ahmed passed the order on May 15, 2012.
Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh filed the writ challenging the legality of undertaking power plant at the site close to the sea.