Published:  12:00 AM, 05 October 2016

Rampal power plant to affect 40m people

Says Anu Mohammad

Rampal power plant to affect 40m people Prof. Anu Muhammad addressing at a program in Barisal on Tuesday.

Prof. Anu Muhammad, member- secretary of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports on Tuesday called on the government to refrain from making false and confusing statements regarding the proposed coal- based power plant at Rampal in Sundarban forest region. When the prime minister has been awarded 'champion of the earth' prize for her role in saving environment, how she could allow death sentence of Sundarbans?, Anu asked. Addressing as chief guest of the first district conference of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front held at Ashwini Kumar Hall of Barisal, Anu Muhammad said ignoring the reports of the experts and UNESCO, government and the power company has claimed that the Rampal power plant will not be harmful for Sundarbans, the biggest mangrove forest.

The people of the country have understood that the Rampal Power Plant would affect the forest and the nature. About 40 lakhs people of the Sudarbans area will lose their sources of incomes and more than 40 million people of greater Barisal and Khulna region in Southern Bangladesh will be affected if the power plant is constructed at Rampal, Anu Muhammad added.Prof Anu said they would continue their programs protesting the construction of the power plant near Sundarbans to compel the government to cancel or shift the project.

When India, another partner of Sundarbans forest region dropped such power plants to save the nature, then Bangladesh is going to implement the project to destroy Sundarbans. The conference was inaugurated by Rabindranath Roy, member secretary of the district committee of NCPOGMRPO and presided by Dr. Manisha Chakraborty, district president of SCF. Among others Razekuzzaman, central leader of BSD, Imran Habib Rumon, central president of SCF, Badruddoza Soikat, district organizer of BSD were present. They said Sundarbans, a magnificent and unique ecosystem of the world will face an existential question if the power plant is implemented at Rampal. 

The Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world, largely depends on water to maintain bio-diversity in the region. If water is contaminated for any reason, the entire forest will suffer. The Sundarbans has a special role in fighting against the effects of climate change. We can't afford the loss of the Sundarbans, they added.And if we follow standard cost-benefit analysis and include environmental and social cost into the calculation, electricity from coal becomes the costliest electricity, they added.

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