Rampal requires more than just assurances

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We cannot forget that similar coal-based projects are still illegal in India, which is why the project has been located in Bangladesh in the first place 

We have already editorialised on the bad ideas that are Rampal and Rooppur. Despite serious opposition from a wide cross-section of the nation, the government has been unmoved and has inaugurated the project without any regard for the public’s qualms. It is not the case that the government is unaware of the concerns or the lack of public support for Rampal; rather, there have been attempts to simply trivialise and dismiss opinions against the projects from the prime minister herself. The evidence suggests that Rampal continues to pose an undeniable threat to the Sundarbans. It is worth pointing out, as we have before, that if Rampal is established, and its operations do eventually end up damaging the environment, a non-trivial likelihood, we will not then be in a position to halt production from Rampal, considering our power shortage and the significant economic effort that will go into it. The PM simply stating that Rampal poses no threat to the Sundarbans is just not good enough to satisfy the people’s concerns, as overwhelming evidence suggests otherwise. Considering the track record of the current government, and the air of secrecy around the signing of the project, it is difficult for the people to blindly trust the prime minister’s blithe assurances. Even though the Indian premier has also assured us that Rampal will not harm the Sundarbans, we cannot forget that similar coal-based projects are still illegal in India, which is why the project has been located in Bangladesh in the first place.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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