Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has told Parliament that the government will not carry out any project involving environmental damage, presenting photos of the coal-fired plant areas at home and abroad.
She said this while replying to a query by Jatiya Party MP Mujibul Haque over the controversial coal-fired Rampal power plant on Wednesday.
Thanking the Jatiya Party MP for asking her such a question, she said, “I had hoped such a query would come up.”
Amid stiff opposition from green activists, the Prime Minister had on Oct 5 unveiled the foundation stone of the Rampal power plant with a capacity of 1320MW, in Bagerhat.
She had also said that day that she would not support any action to pollute the environment and claimed that those opposing the Rampal plant had “other motives”.
“The coal-fired plant will affect the environment? Not true. For instance, there still exists a coal-fired power plant at Barapukuria but the environment there has not been affected at all,” she said.
With pictures of the Barapukuria power plant area, she argued, “There are water reservoirs and greenery here. There is also a paddy field, which the coal-fired plant does not affect in any way.”
Presenting the photos of the coal-fired plants of Australia and England, she said they also had not caused any environmental problems.
India also generated 186000MW through coal-fired plants with no harm to the environment, she added.
“If I did not cite any examples, you would not have believed me. So I spoke with photos, which speak by themselves. Not only people live there, tigers also have their habitat there.”
She ridiculed the BNP-led past government’s move to provide power to people, replying to a query by ruling Awami League MP Fazle Rabbi Miah.
“The son of the BNP Chairperson had a (electric) pole industry. The poles were procured locally and all the money allocated for power ran out for paying for the poles there.”
“Now there are pole stacks beside roads, but without electricity.”
“And we have arranged for generating and transmitting power at one go.”
The prime minister mentioned 10 significant developments her government had so far initiated, while replying to a query by Awami League MP Chayan Islam.
These included digitalising Bangladesh, presenting a dynamic economy, establishing good governance, expanding business and industry power generation and distribution.-bdnews24.com