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Drop coal-based power plant project at Ramphal: Bnp


BNP yesterday called upon the government to give up its plan to install the coal-based power plant at Rampal at the fringes of the Sundarbans.
Dr Asaduzzaman Ripon, international affairs secretary of the party, made the call at a press conference at party headquarters at Naya Paltan in the city.
The BNP leader suggested shifting the project from Rampal to another location for the sake of Sundarbans.“We are not opposing launching of new power plants…The government signed agreements with two companies and according to agreement, Bangladesh will get only 13 per cent of power and the companies with which it has signed agreement will get 87 per cent. That is in no way being in favour of our interests,” he said.
He called upon the government to arrive at a consensus at least in the case of Sundarbans to protect the world heritage.
“We need power and there are many sources of it. But there is no alternative to Sundarbans. The future consequence of the project due to production of about 1350MW power will be very serious,” he said.
The BNP spokesperson alleged that the government is not moving from its whimsical decision to install the power plant even the local and international environmentalists including Unicef expressed their concern over the implementation of the project.
Replying to a question, he said the BNP also wants that such a project is implemented but that should not be installed at Rampal.
“The BNP will not raise any objection if the project is installed any location of the country outside the Sundarbans and even the locality of Prime Minister’s Power and Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi or State Minister for Power Mohammad Enamul Haque,” he added.
BNP leaders—Barrister Ziaur Rahman Khan, Col (Retd) Md Shajahan, Abdus Salam, Helen Jerin and Mostafizur Rahman, among others, were present at the press conference. – Staff Reporter


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