(Co-written with A.K.M. Wahiduzzaman, assistant professor of geography at the National University of Bangladesh. This article has been also published here in Daily New Age and here in AlalODulal blog)
THE proposed Rampal power plant hogged the headlines for the first time when the Bangladesh prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, visited India in January 2010. The joint communiqué signed by the two prime ministers contained a proposal for the plant near Sundarban, in light of which the National Thermal Power Corporation of India and the Power Development Board of Bangladesh signed a treaty in 2012. The treaty proposes establishment of two 660-megawatt power units at Rampal. Meanwhile, land had been allocated for the power plant on December 27, 2010 without any environmental assessment.
Experts and environmentalists in Bangladesh began to stage protests and organise dialogues against the proposed power plant in view of its potential threat to the…
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