National Committee for Protection of Oil-Gas and Mineral Resource, Electricity Sector and Ports will hold protest rallies in Dhaka and other divisional cities on February 26, demanding cancellation of the Rampal plant.
“While the coal fired power plant is enough to destroy the Sundarbans, it has already accelerated illegal land grabbing in the forest area,” said Anu Muhammad, member secretary of the committee on 15th february at a press conference at the capital’s Mukti Bhaban.
He added that there were many alternative ways of producing electricity but while the Sundarbans, unique in natural diversity and resourcefulness, did not have an alternative.
The world’s largest mangrove forest is the habitat of many endangered species of plants and animals, he said.
To meet the electricity demand, Sheikh Mohammad Shahidullah, convener of the committee, urged the government to look for sustainable methods of producing power “rather than depending on the rental power plants that are costlier than the conventional methods.”
The government’s priority in implementing the Rampal power plant is meant to serve Indian interests, said leaders of the National Committee.They said, While the plant is a lucrative deal for an Indian power company, Bangladesh will lose the forest that saves the coastal people from natural disasters such as cyclones, tidal waves like a shield.