National committee starts ‘March towards the Sundarbans’

The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports brings out a procession Dhaka to Sundarban long march at near National Press Club in Dhaka in demand of scrapping the Rampal thermal power plant project.

The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Port on Friday stage ‘March towards the Sundarbans’ demanding that the world’s largest mangrove forest be protected.

The six-day march has begun on March 11 to press home their demands.

This was announced at a press conference at Mukti Bhaban in the city’s Paltan area on Friday afternoon.

Speaking on the occasion, national committee member secretary Prof Anu Muhammad alleged that the government’s report on the oil-spill in the Sundarbans showed a lesser damage than that in the report submitted by the UNDP.

He said the government is trying to manipulate the UNDP report prepared under the ‘Joint UN-Govt Oil Spill Response Mission on Sundarbans’ by showing lesser damage than the actual one. “Even, the UNDP remained silent in this regard,” he added.

Anu Muhammad said the losses of the Sundarbans caused by the oil tanker capsize cannot be measured on the scale of money.

The committee will also hold a national convention on February 6 to protect the Sundarbans and a countrywide rally on February 7 demanding the implementation of Phulbari Pact to withdraw the Phulbari coal mining project.

The National Committee convener Sheikh M Sahidullah, Biplobi Worker’s Parti president Saiful Haq and Ganosanghati Andolan coordinator Zonayed Saki were also present at the press conference.

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