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National Committee protests construction of Rampal’s Power Plant

Update : 24 Mar 2014, 07:44 PM

Activists of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports held a rally yesterday in the capital to protest against the government plans to set up a power plant in Rampal where the world’s largest mangrove forest, a recognised Unesco World Heritage Site, maybe in threat.

They said that the mangrove forest in the Sundarbans, a unique for biodiversity and protection against natural disaster would be destroyed if coal-fired power plant was set up.

Member secretary of the committee, Anu Mohammad said: “The country has a lot of natural resources from which quick and huge electricity can be produced. But the government are interested in destroying the Sundarbans instead of using these resources.”

“Several costly projects have been undertaken by the government being influenced by some local and foreign organisations. The government should find some alternatives,” he said.

The committee organised the programme in front of National Press Club as part of its countrywide protest programme demanding implementation of its seven point demands.

The committee also announced several programmes including mass oath for ensuring national wealth for nation and countryside tour from March 27-30.

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