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Dhaka Friday,  May 14, 2021

Greens call for halt to Rampal power plant project

Green activists on Friday demanded that all activities of the project to set up 1,320MW coal-based thermal power plant at Rampal in Bagerhut near the Sundarban be stopped immediately.
They made the demand at a rally organised by National Committee to Save the Sundarban in front the National Press Club in the city protesting against government ban on the rally at Foyla of Rampal.
The Committee was scheduled for September 7 to hold the rally at Foyla protesting against the project, but they could not arrange the rally as the government imposed a ban on any rally at the place on the day.
Speakers at the rally termed the government’s move to stop the rally a blow on freedom of speech which was unbecoming of a democratic government.
They urged the government to shift the project from near the Sundarban to a safer place and demanded to cancel the Department of Environment’s clearance based on a faulty survey to set up the project.
They urged the government to form a committee with the government and non-government experts, scientists and green activists to make a non-bias and neutral environmental survey report on Rampal thermal power plant.
The speakers said that the site of proposed power plant at Rampal under a joint venture of Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company Limited was in a few kilometres from the Sundarban.
The construction of the coal-fired thermal power plant at Rampal has been moved when India is trying to protect the Sundarban in its side, they said, urging to stop all activities that could destroy the Sundarban.
Presided over by the committee member secretary Abdul Matin, the rally was also addressed by writer Syed Abul Maqsud, National committee to protect oil, gas, mineral resources, power and ports leader Sardar Ruhin Hossain Prince, water expert M Enamul Huq, Save the Sundarban Foundation secretary general Md Mojahedul Islam Mojaheed, Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan joint-secretary Sharif Jamil and Ganasanghati Andolan leader Zonayed Saki.

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