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PM backs coal-based power plant at Rampal

Update : 13 Nov 2013, 02:09 PM

Disapproving the Rampal Coal-based power plant opponents, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today reiterated that her government will not do anything harmful for the world's largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, reports BSS.

Terming the opposing forces of the power plant a conspiracy against development, she said, a section of people has the habit of plotting conspiracies and they always spread fake information.

Noting that the Sundarbans received the recognition of world heritage during the regime of Awami League, she said, the 1320-MW coal-based power plant in Rampal will bring no harm to the Sundarbans.

Addressing a mammoth public rally organized by local Awami League on Srifaltala High School Ground here in Bagerhat, the Prime Minister urged the vested quarters not to create any obstruction to the power project through creating confusion among people.

Sheikh Hasina said, "Our aim is to work for the people. Seven more coal-fired power plants would be constructed in the country, the power plants would help eliminate sufferings of the people."

"With the implementation of the coal-based power plant in Rampal with the support of India, more industries and factories would be set up in the area creating more employment opportunities," she said.

Mentioning the coal-based power plant in Dinajpur, she said, the 500-MW power plant is already in operation. Thousands of people are living safely in the surrounding areas and the third phase of the plant would be set up very soon.

Regarding the propaganda of the vested quarters against Rampal power plant, the Prime Minister said, they issue fatwa sitting in Dhaka. I can't understand why they are aggrieved with the project.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh unveiled the foundation plaque of Rampal power plant on October 5 last. 

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