Myanmar: Cox’s Bazar will be one of the most polluted places in the country when the 17 planned coal-fired power plants start operation in the district, predicts a report by two environmentalist organisations.
The power plants would pose a great threat to people’s health and livelihood, and biodiversity, it adds.
The Bangladesh government acquired 11,642 acres of land in Cox’s Bazar for 17 coal-fired power plants to be built by 2031, according to the report released Friday by a fact-finding mission from Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon and Waterkeepers Bangladesh.
The possible environmental or social impact of the plants to the beach town have not been assessed properly, the researchers told a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity.
Bapa President Sultana Kamal said: “Development should be well planned and for the greater interest of people without harming the environment.
“We are not against development. But the government keeps choosing environmentally sensitive areas like forests, hills and sea beaches (to build power plants).
“We don’t want to be the most polluted country in the world. We want to save Cox’s Bazar.”
Bapa Executive President Abdul Matin said his organisation had informed the authorities about the environmental impact of coal-fired power plants in others countries.
However, the government hadn’t changed the plans. — The Daily Star/ANN