Dhaka – The government said it will respond to United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture that in a recent letter express concern over Bangladesh’s planned power plant near Sundarbans mangrove forest, a minister said on Sunday.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said that the government’s explanation would be given to the UN agency in a week.
UNESCO listed Sundarban as one of the world heritage sites and in the letter said that the proposed coal-fired plant would threaten the existence of the mangrove forest.
“The government is always aware about conservation of the mangrove forest, because it is a world heritage and an important resource for Bangladesh,” the junior minister told reporters after a discussion on challenges in Bangladesh power sector in Dhaka.
He said that there are many reasons related to the harms of the Sundarbans. It seems deliberate when someone singles out the power plant keeping all other issues away.
The government is sure that the proposed power plant would not be harmful for the Sundarbans. It will rather help the forest, added the minister.