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307MW Plant in Barguna

Body to probe irregularities in land acquisition formed

Special Correspondent

29th January, 2019 10:35:07 printer

The government has formed a committee to investigate the alleged irregularities in land acquisition process for implementing the 307MW coal-fired power plant in Barguna.

The move came following  public  protest against alleged irregularities in  land acquisition.

Landowners alleged that they have been deprived of due prices of their land.

The three-member probe body is comprised of Power Division Deputy Secretary Nirod Chandra Mondol, coal-fired Power Generation Company Executive Engineer Md Nazmul Huq and Bangladesh Power Development Board deputy director.

The Power Division has been asked to submit a report within 15 days.

Earlier, the government allowed two separate investigations into ‘illegal’ land acquisition for implementing a coal-fired power plant in Barisal.

A joint venture of China-based Power China and local ISO Tech Electrification Company Limited will set up the 307MW supercritical coal-fired power plant at a cost of $540 million.

A 300-acre site was selected for the project at Angujan village of Taltali upazila in Barguna. 

The authorities moved to allow the investigation after the villagers formed a human chain to protest against the land acquisition process in what they said they have been deprived of their due price because of the middlemen’s interference.

On August 2, 2018, the villagers submitted a petition to prime minister with a request to halt the project.

Rafiqul Islam Jomaddar, Nishanbaria Union Parishad panel chairman, forwarded the petition on behalf of the villagers.

Rafiqul alleged that the company was purchasing land with the help of illegal brokers.

Locals said the power plant is being constructed in coastal Barguna, an area surrounded by reserved land having wildlife and fish sanctuary.

The Power Division issued a letter of Intent (LoI) in favour of the company in July 2018. It also received site clearance certificate in June 2018.

The joint venture company plans to submit the EIA before the Department of Environment anytime in October, sources said.