Speakers at a discussion organised by the National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas and Power-Port here on Sunday alleged that the government has been resorting to costly ways to resolve the country’s power crisis instead of utilising the least-cost options.
After setting up costly rental and quick rental power plants, the government has moved for establishing a coal-fired power plant near the Sundarbans which will only destroy the ecology, they said.
“The move for coal-fired Rampal power plant is entirely an anti-national step. This project will destroy the Sundarbans. We’ll not allow the government to implement such a project against the national interest,” said convener of the National Committee Engineer Mohammad Shahhidullah at the discussion meeting held at Mukti Bhaban in the city.
The meeting was addressed, among others, by Committee member secretary Prof Anu Mohammad, Secretary of the Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA) Dr Abdul Matin, leaders of different leftist political parties, including Bimal Biswas, Ruhin Hossain Prince, Bazlur Rashid Firoz, Raghib Ahsan Munna, leader of Bagerhat Development Forum Barrister Zakir Hossain and Save the Sundarbans leader dvocate
The leaders said the Sundarbans, the world heritage and world’s largest mangrove forest, faces environmental threat because of climate change.
They said the move for setting up coal-fired Rampal power plant in joint-venture with India will only put the Sundarbans’ existence at jeopardy.
They also said the power plant will not be a financially viable one either as the government has to buy electricity from the plant at Tk 9 per unit. They alleged that the government is moving forward undermining the compliances of the environmental impact.
According to them, the government is forcibly evicting people from the land selected for the project.