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Long-marchers give govt until Oct 11 to scrap Rampal project

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The National Committee to Protect Oil Gas Mineral Resources Power and Ports on Saturday threatened to wage a tougher movement from October 12 if the government does not scrap the controversial Rampal power plant project by October 11.   Committee member secretary Prof Anu Mahmud came up with the ultimatum in his Digraj Declaration in a rally
at Digraj, Rampal.   The five-day long march, organised by the committee, concluded today through the ‘Digraj Declaration’.   Anu
Mahmud, also a teacher of Jahangirnagar University, read out the Declaration with convener Engineer Sheikh Md Shahidullah in the chair.
“The government has announced to lay the foundation stone of the project on October 22, but it’ll go in vain. People will root out the
foundation stone,” he said.   “Spreading falsehood through press note won’t work. The government’s trickery and stance against the spirit of
the Liberation War would get exposed,” he said.   “The Sundarbans protects us as our mother, we’ll have to pay the debt to it, we won’t
let it be destroyed, we won’t allow the power project to be implemented,” Anu Mahmud warned urging all to come forward to protect
the Sundarbans.   The Dhaka-to-Sundarbans long march reached the district on Saturday where several thousand marchers carrying
placards, festoons and banners joined braving rains.   It crossed Katakhali of Fakirhat uapzila of the district around 11 am. Later, it
entered the district town. Local people standing on both sides of the road welcomed and greeted the marchers.   The Committee on Tuesday
launched its five-day long march from the National Press Club in Dhaka towards the proposed Rampal Power Plant site.   Earlier, the committee
announced the programme demanding cancellation of the project being jointly implemented by Bangladesh and India at a site near the world
heritage Sundarbans.   The national committee leaders alleged that the government’s move to set up coal-fired power plant near the Sundarbans
will seriously affect the Sundarbans destroying its environment, ecosystem and biodiversity. – UNB

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