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Rampal power plant won't harm Sundarbans

Rampal power plant won't harm Sundarbans

PM underlines 10 major successes of her govt

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday reiterated that the Rampal coal-based power plant would not cause any harm to the ecology of the Sundarbans and its surrounding areas, reports BSS.
"They are wrong who say that the coal-based power plant would destroy the ecology of the mangrove forests," she told the House in reply to a supplementary question from Jatiya Party Member Mujibul Haque (Kishoreganj-3).
Referring to the present status of a same 500-MW power plant in Boropukuria, Dinajpur, the Prime Minister said, her government during its last stint constructed the first coal-based power plant at Boropukuria.
Now we are going for construction of its third phase, she said adding there is no minimum effect of the power plant on environment, agriculture and lives and livelihoods of the people.
Showing some pictures taken from the Boropukuria coal-based power project site, the Prime Minister said, I have taken the snaps during my helicopter trip to Dinajpur yesterday to see the real condition of the ecology of the project site.
"The whole power plant project area is surrounded by water bodies and greeneries, paddy fields and there was no effect of the power plant on the ecology," she said.
To dispel confusion from the public minds those pictures would be made available on the website of the power ministry, she said.
In this regard, the Prime Minister also showed pictures of similar coal-based power plants in Australia and Finland, saying these plants are very much close to public habitats.
There are same plants in Denmark and USA where there was detrimental effect of the power plant on nature. In India, a total of 1,86,000-MW power is produced from coal-based power plants, she said adding, "It's not merely a word... photos speak,.
Sheikh Hasina urged the crusaders against the Rampal Power Plant to pick those pictures from the websites and see whether these plants would be harmful for Bangladesh.
She said the Rampal Power Plant is being constructed on a reclaimed land. Deep forests are available within eight-kilometer of the project site, which is the sanctuary of many wild species including the Royal Bengal Tiger.
Sheikh Hasina said her government has so far not taken any project damaging for environment. "In future we will not take any such project, she said.
The Prime Minister said her government has a plan to construct 11 coal-based power plant in the country with a capacity to produce about 6000-MW electricity.
She urged the persons against the power plant to refrain from misguiding people any more.
Another report adds: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has underlined remarkable successes of her government in 10 particular areas in the current tenure saying the country has achieved a noticeable progress due to these attainments.
"Digital Bangladesh, rapid expanding and vibrant economy, good governance, expansion of trade and commerce, creating opportunity of education, food autarky, development of communications and infrastructure, strengthening social safety, progress in power generation and making the government services pro- people and easy are 10 potent successes of the present government," she said.
The Leader of the House and Prime Minister said this in her written reply to a question from treasury bench member Chayan Islam (Sirajganj-6) during Prime Minister's question answer session in the House today.
Sheikh Hasina said her government's aim is to build a Digital Bangladesh by 2021. It would be difficult to make Bangladesh as a middle- income country without massive application of information and communication technology in the areas of economy, polity, culture and society, she said adding the present government has successfully implemented these electoral commitments during its current tenure.
The Prime Minister said country's economy has witnessed a big boost during the tenure of the present government due to an effective coordinated policy including revenue and monetary plans.
We have been able to give the people a vibrant and sustainable economy that has made Bangladesh an emerging economic power, she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh now produces about 34 million metric tonnes of food. The government has given subsidy around Taka 24,000 crore to agriculture in the last four years, she said.
"We think that our achievement is highest than any other previous government.
We have tried our best and despite all difficulties and barriers we could successfully implement various development programmes," she said.
The people who properly monitor our activities and compare those with our predecessors would certainly appreciate our successes," the Prime Minister said.
AL govt adds additional 6,675-MW to national grid: PM
SANGSAD BHABAN, Oct 23, 2013 (BSS) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said today the present Awami League government has added additional 6,675-megawatt (MW) electricity to the national grid and increased the overall power generation to 9,673-MW from 3,268-MW since coming to power on January 6, 2009.
"The Awami League government has completed installation of new 57 power plants and 32 more plants are now under implementation," the Prime Minister said while replying to a question from independent lawmaker Mohammad Fazlul Azim.
She said the government has taken short, medium and long term programmes for generation of 24,000-MW power to reach electricity to the people across the country by 2020-2021. Apart from this, the government has taken steps to renovate/rehabilitate and expansion of transmission and distribution network, she added.
The Prime Minister said the transmission line has been increased by 1,237 circuit kilometers to 91,367 circuit kilometers from 7,930 circuit kilometers.
The number of power consumers has been increased by 3,400,000 to 14,200,000 from 10,800,000 and the population enjoying power facility increased to 62 from 47 percent, she said.
System losses came down to 14.36 percent from 18.2 percent, she added.
The Prime Minister said the government has completed setting up of 400-KV transmission line at Bheramara/Ishwardi and a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) substation to import power from India. Initially, the government has started importing of 250-MW electricity, she said, adding that 250-MW more power will be imported soon.
Foundation stone of a 1320-MW joint venture coal-fired power plant under Bangladesh-India friendship programme has already been laid down at Rampal in Khulna on October 3, 2013, she said, adding that this power plant will start generation of electricity by 2018.
Besides, tenders for setting up five more coal-fired power plants with a total generation capacity of 1,500-MW in Dhaka and Chittagong are now under process.
Replying to a supplementary, the Prime Minister rejected the allegation that construction of coal-fired power plant at Rampal would damage the Sundarbans and urged those who are opposing coal-fired power plant not to misguide the people. She said there are coal-fired power plants in Australia and India.
She said the government would not take any programme that could damage environment.

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