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Govt to respond to Unesco's concern over Rampal plant in 7 days

  • Published at 06:57 pm September 25th, 2016
Govt to respond to Unesco's concern over Rampal plant in 7 days
The government will reply in seven days on the concern the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) expressed in a report over the planned Rampal power plant, reports BSS. "We will reply to the Unesco stating our position over its concern on the Rampal Power Plant," State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said on Sunday while responding to reporters after inaugurating a workshop on research in power and energy sector at Bidyut Bhaban. On Saturday, the minister told reporters that the power plant project will continue as no decision has been made by the government to stop it.
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"The government assesses the environmental impact before setting up a new plant in the country," Nasrul said and added that "any expert opinion on environment issues would be addressed properly". [caption id="attachment_18007" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Construction works going on at the Rampal power plant project site near Sundarbans in Bagerhat. The photo was taken recently Dhaka Tribune Construction works going on at the Rampal power plant project site near Sundarbans in Bagerhat. The photo was taken recently Dhaka Tribune[/caption] The junior minister said the government planned the power plant in line with its effort to ensure electricity supply to every household within 2018. According to media reports, Unesco expressed concern over possible ecological impact of Rampal plant on the World Heritage Sundarbans, which is miles apart the planned power plant. The UN organisation also sought a response from the government on these issues. Nasrul hoped that the UN body could understand that there would not be any real concern over the Rampal power plant after getting the government's response. He said the government had earlier clarified various queries of the Unesco regarding some technical issues of the Rampal power plant.