Dhaka – A civic group has called a day-day strike in late January to protest a government move to set up a power plant at a controversial site that the environmentalists say would destroy the world largest mangrove forest
The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports announced the 12-hour shutdown Saturday in Dhaka for January 26 to demand scrapping of the controversial plant.
The committee organized a rally in Dhaka’s Central Shaheed Minar to protest the coal-based Rampal power plant near the Sundarbans forest.
The group called for organizing rally worldwide protest on January 7 and a rally in Dhaka on December 26. It said it will present an alternative sustainable energy master plan for Bangladesh on January 14.
Professor Anu Mohammad, member secretary of the committee came up with the call from the rally of the ‘Cholo, Cholo, Dhaka Cholo’ (Lets march towards Dhaka).
Several thousands of people joined the rally asking for cancellation of the planned power plant. The protesters carried anti-Rampal power plant festoons and placards.
Left-leaning organizations and progressive political parties also attended the rally
Earlier, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said the Rampal power plant should be cancelled. The UN agency suggested for shifting the site to other place as the planned project poses threat to the mangrove forest.
Bangladesh government is determined to carry on with the plant, a joint-venture project with India, saying that the project is 14 kilometers away from the Sundarban forest.
The government also said that the project would not make any harm to the forest.