Dangers of Rampal power plant

I WAS waiting, with much hope, to watch the prime minister’s press conference on the television on the Rampal power plant near the Sunderbans. I hoped that she would not let the people down and would talk about the relocation of the power plant. But she went on explaining how the project would benefit people.
Citizens of the country can protest at any project that they think would be harmful and registering such a protest does not imply that they are engaged in a conspiracy.
A power plant at Rampal could devastate the world’s largest mangrove forest. Environmentalists are also calling the attention of the United Nations to the issue. Research suggests that mangrove forests serve as highly effective carbon sinks. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, mangrove forests and coastal wetlands may store up to five times the carbon that same-sized tropical forests do. Damaging the ecosystem of the Sunderbans can harm the process.
According to the environmental impact assessment, the plant would require almost 13,000 tonnes of coal a day and would release an estimated 7.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.
We learnt that environmental activists have even raised questions about the legitimacy of the Environmental Impact Assessment for this project, rejecting its findings terming them biased, distorted and inaccurate. It is telling that the EIA for the project was approved by the Department of Environment in August 2013 but land acquisition began two years earlier in August 2011 and the joint venture between Indian NTPC and Bangladesh’s PDB was signed in January 2012.
That work on the project began long before the EIA had been approved only suggests that it was done only to justify the project.
Considering the serious consequences of the Rampal power plant, we hope that the government would stop installing the plant near the Sunderbans
Nur Jahan

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