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National Committee leaders demand scraping Rampal Power Plant

New Age Online

Leaders of the National Committee on Saturday at a press conference in the capital, called on the Awami League-led government once again to scrap the Rampal Thermal Power Plant immediately, before they go for tougher movements and make the government stop the project.
National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Plants organised the press conference at the Communist Party of Bangladesh central office where its secretary general Anu Muhammad announced the programmes.
The programmes would include holding protest rallies in the divisional cities including Dhaka on February 26 and holding countrywide organisational tours of the central leaders to drum up supports in favour of scrapping the project in March.
'At the end of the March the national committee will announce tougher movement to compel the government to withdraw the project,' Anu Muhammad said.
The project monitoring committee of the government on January 22, at a meeting approved six projects on priority basis including Rampal and Rooppur power plants, which were contrary to the national interests, Anu said.
The government already signed a deal with an Indian company to set up the controversial Rampal coal based thermal power plant at Rampal in Bagerhat near the Sudarbans.
Terming the deal as unequal, the convener of the committee Sheikh Muhammad Shaheedullah, said the Indian company would be benefited more and the biggest mangrove forest in the world Sundarbans would be destroyed if the project was implemented.
National committee leaders Nur Mohammad, Kollol Mostafa, Shubhrangshu Chakrabarty, Siddiqur Rahman among others attended the press conference.




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