Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said, an anti-development group is maligning Rampal power plant by using false and baseless propaganda, as the country is seeing regular protests against the mega-project near Sundarban mangrove forest.
"After the leader of BNP recently joining the propaganda, now it seems that there is a deep routed conspiracy against it… but if we consider availability and price, then coal is the best fuel for power plant," Ms Hasina, said today in the press conference about the power plant.
The press conference is being live televised from the premiere’s official residence Ganobhaban.
Earlier on 19 August, National oil-gas protection committee announced a long march protesting the construction of the Rampal power plant near Sundarban forest called 'Chalo Chalo Dhaka Chalo' (March to Dhaka) starting November 24. The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports made the declaration at a day long sit-in-protest at the Central Shaheed Minar.
The committee member secretary Anu Mohammad also announced a three month long protest program demanding the cancellation of the power plant.
Later on last Wednesday, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia leveled strongly worded criticism at the government and demanded that ‘imprudent, unprofitable and pollutant’ coal-fired power plant near world’s largest mangrove forest be cancelled immediately.
On behalf of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, she urged the countrymen to raise voice in favor of her demand for the cancellation of the project that ‘would definitely destroy the Sundarban’ forest.