Rampal power plant impact on Sunderbans to emerge soon

Rampal power plant impact on Sunderbans to emerge soon

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Dhaka 30 Dec – Leaders of the National Committee to Protect Sundarbans said on Saturday that 13 research reports on the Sundarbans by world class scientists have been handed over to the prime minister’s SDG affairs coordinator Abul Kalam Azad.The government remains silent on the reports, which mean the government admits the authenticity of the studies, they said.
The National Committee leaders said the Rampal power project would certainly destroy the Sundarbans.
Speaking at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium on Saturday morning professor Badrul Imam of Dhaka University geology department said this.
Badrul Imam said this government may not always be in power and the people will hold it responsible for destroying the Sundarbans.
Convener of the committee, Sultana Kamal, said the government is misleading the people by misinterpreting the decision of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
UNESCO asked the government not to allow the setting up of any industry or factory near the Sundarbans. Allowing Ramapal power project cannot be condoned by UNESCO, she added.
Sultana Kamal said, “We have seen that the government has allowed 320 industries and factories near the Sundarbans.”
Professor Abdul Aziz of the botany department of Dhaka University said the impact of the Rampal project will be visible within six months. By then it will be too late to do anything.
Committee’s general secretary Abdul Matin placed a five-point demand which included the immediate halt of the project and taking initiative to protect the mangrove forest, based on 13 research reports and the UNESCO recommendations. – News Desk

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