Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to lay down the foundation stone of 1,320 megawatts (mw) coal-fired Rampal power plant project in Bagerhat on October 22 despite strong protest against the project to ‘protect the Sundarbans’.
“We shall lay down the foundation stone on October 22 to implement the Rampal power plant. We will be careful to implement the project so that it does not affect the Sundarbans and the environment,” Prime Minister’s Adviser on energy issues Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury told newsmen at a press conference Wednesday.
He said the protest against the Rampal power plant project, being implemented by Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company, is not based on proper information, technology and logical aspects.
“We are for implementing the project on the basis of scientific and logical explanations protecting the Sundarbans and the surrounding environment not on the basis of emotion,” Mr Chowdhury said.
The Power Division under the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources arranged the instant press conference at Biddut Bhaban in the city, which coincided with the ‘long march’ organised by the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports to protest the project.
The long march set out to ‘save the Sundarbans’ and cancellation of the Rampal power plant project reportedly started for Faridpur from Rajbari Wednesday afternoon.
Regarding the Rampal power plant the PM’s adviser said the project would be some 14 kilometers (kms) away from Sundarbans and 70 kms away from World Heritage.
The government has moved to implement the Rampal power plant project as it was included in the Power Sector Master Plan, he said.