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PM adviser: Rampal power plant out of Sundarban's buffer zone

  • Published at 12:16 am July 11th, 2019
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File photo of Prime Minister’s Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury

Unesco has been given assurances of protecting Sundarbans, the minister said

Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi has said the much talked about Rampal power plant is out of the buffer zone of the Sundarbans. 

"Those who cannot tolerate the country's development are making odd remarks over the Sundarbans," he said on Wednesday, reports BSS.

The adviser further said that all necessary assurances of protecting the world’s largest mangrove forest Sundarbans have been given to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

Tawfiq-e-Elahi came up with the remarks at a press conference held at the prime minister’s office in Dhaka, after a follow-up discussion on the Bangladeshi delegation's visit to Azerbaijan at the 43rd meeting of Unesco World Heritage Committee.   

Power Division Senior Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Water Resources Secretary Kabir Bin Anwar and other members of the delegation were present at the press conference.

A delegation led by Ahmad Kaikaus joined the 43rd meeting of UNESCO World Heritage Committee, where 16 countries out of 21 supported Bangladesh, Dr Elahi said.

Development projects need to be implemented in a coordinated way as the country is densely populated, he said, adding that there is no scope to stop implementing the power plant project.