The National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas-Natural Resources and
Power-Port once more claimed to stay away from installing the Rampal
Power Plant or to move it to somewhere else.
The leaders from 53 different social and environmental and other
organizations merged with the national committee towards the Rampal
issue and organized a Press Conference on Wednesday. The press
conference was held at Dhaka Reporters Unity.
Sultana Kamal, the Convener of the National Committee alleged that the
government is continuously spreading untrue and unacceptable
information to defend the construction of the 1,320MW coal-based power
plant at Rampal. The government is too much reluctant at the issue of
Sundarbans, she added.
Mentioning the partner country of the project Sultana Kamal said,
“Both the countries are UN signatories of Sustainable Development
Goals. So they have to consider the Sundarbans, which have been
created over thousands of years because it is their duty to protect
it. It is a demand of the time, it is the demand of the world.”
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) executive director Dr.
Iftekharuzzaman said that, Bangladesh is the most mentionable sufferer
of the global climate change issue. Moreover, the government is about
to destroy the Sundarbans, making the environment and climate more
unfriendly in the name of installing Rampal Power Plant, he added.
Among others Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers’ Association (BELA)
Chief Executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Dhaka University economics
teacher MM Akash, activist Khushi Kabir and National Committee member
Sharif Jami also delivered their speeches at the press conference.