Rampal plant yet to get environmental clearance : Minister 

09 June,2016

RTNN News Desk: A coal-fired power plant at Rampal near the Sundarbans, which caused an outcry from environmentalists, is yet to get clearance from the Department of Environment.

Environment and Forest Minister Anwar Hossain Monju made the statement while addressing the parliament on Thursday afternoon.

He told the parliament that Environmental Impact Assessment report was approved against the project after adding some conditions.

Replying to a query, the minister said: “If mitigation measures are implemented properly as per proposal of EIA report then there is no possibility of damaging the Sundarbans.”

Mentioning that the Sundarbans will not be affected if Rampal power plant is established, Monju said: “If this power plant is established then employment opportunity will be created for the local people.

“Peoples’ purchasing capacity will increase while the local peoples’ dependency on Sundarbans will decrease.”

The minister said the coal based power plant will be established with Super Critical Technology and 59 conditions were imposed on EIA report to avoid any negative impact on Sundarbans during the construction and operation phase of the coal-based power plant.

Monju told the parliament that online monitoring system was kept to control pollution.

He also said a coordinated round the clock monitoring team comprising of department of environment, BPDB and other officials concerned will monitor to control the pollution.

Answering to another query, he said taround Tk2.50 damage occurred in the four fire incidents in Sundarbans in 2015-16 fiscal year.

The minister told the parliament that various steps were taken to avoid such incidents in the future.

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