Oil, Gas Committee blasts PM for her Rampal Power Plant remarks
New Age Report
June 18, 2014 12:19 am
National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports has blasted the prime minister for what it said misleading the nation on the plans to set up coal fired Rampal Thermal Power Plant close to the Sunderbans.
In a statement to the press, Committee convener Sheikh Muhammad Shaheedullah and member secretary Anu Muhammad said that in her news conference on return from China she gave some wrong information and arguments as to why the government chose to set up the coal fired power plant so close to the Sunderbans.
The information and arguments she gave were bound to mislead the people, they said.
They said that the prime minister was utterly wrong in saying that those who were opposing the coal fire fired power plant never cared to visit the project site or collect its information.
The national committee leaders said that they visited the project site several times since 2010 and collected all information about the project.
They also said that the researchers of Khulna University and Agriculture University repeatedly pointed out that the coal fired power plant would spell disaster to the Sunderbans, the world’ biggest mangrove forest.
They said that the prime minister’s claims that as the Barapukuria Thermal Power Plant caused no harm to the environment Rampal Power Plant would also cause no harm to nature.
They called her claims as unrealistic and not based on facts.
They said that though much smaller the Barapukuria thermal Power Plant was already proving harmful to its surrounding environment.
Barapukuria Power Plant produces 150 MG of electricity compared to 320 MW to be produced by the proposed Rampal Power Plant, they said.
Obviously, there could be no comparison between the two power plants on the issue of their capacity, they said.
The cause for concern over the Rampal Coal Fired Power Plant is its proximity to the Sunderbans posing a threat to the very existence of the mangrove forest, they added.
They said that it would do the nation immense good if the prime minister realized her mistake and took the decision to relocate the proposed coal fired power plant
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