Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon, Centre for Human Rights Movement, Bagerhat Unnayan Commission and Green Voice demanded relocation of
the proposed 1,320 MW coal-fired power plant, saying the present site will be environmentally dangerous as it will lead to human and environmental disaster.
Bangladesh and India are jointly implementing the project at Rampal in Bagerhat near the world’s largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans.
The country’s leading organisations of environmentalists
rejected the EIA report at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity on
BAPA secretary general Dr. Md Abdul Matin, intellectual Syed
Abul Maksud, Engr Inamul Haque, Ruhin Hossain Prince and Mujahidul Islam spoke
at the press conference.
Syed Abul Maksud said the EIA report is “unfair, fraudulent,
motivated and anti-national.” Demanding cancellation of the report, he said the
people want electricity, but the environment will have to be protected first
with utmost priority.
Dr. Abul Matin said the government seems to be “very
desperate” to implement the Rampal power plant project as it started different
works including land acquisition.