In the guideline. Furthermore ships carrying coals will release

             In a state of world where huge
amount of energy is consumed, power plants are highly necessary. Bangladesh is
a developing country and she needs power plants to generate power. Rampal power
plant is such a proposed power plant that will be coal-fired. India’s state
owned company National Thermal Power Corporation and Bangladesh’s Bangladesh
Power Develop-ment Board, respectively known as NTPC and BPDB has proposed this
project via joint venture company BIFPC. Should this project become true then
this would be the largest power plant in country.

 

             This proposed power plant is a
coal fired power station situated at Rampal Upazila of Bagerhat in Khulna. It
is said to be a 1320 mega watt capacity power plant. The project covers an area
of 1834 acres of land and is 14 kilometers away from the world’s largest
mangrove forest Sunderbans. It is to be remembered that the Sunderbans is a
UNESCO world heritage site. Now the plant will require about 4.72 million tons
of coal every year needing about 60 ships having 80000 tons capacity going
about 40 kms of path from port including crossing river flow path. It would
also draw about 220000 cubic meters of water every day from Poshur River and
then discharge treated waste water back into the river.

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             A 1320 Megawatt power generating
power plant is necessary in a developing country like Bangladesh. However this
project raises several environmental concerns at the same time. According to
environmental impact assessment guidelines for power plants, it should be at
least 25 kms away from an area that is very ecologically sensitive. As the
project is only 14 kms away, it violets the guideline. Furthermore ships
carrying coals will release smoke, fume, fly ash, coal dust, sulphur etc. toxic
chemicals. As a result, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides,
sulphur oxides causing acid rain that can be highly damaging for a mangrove
forest. Again, discharging waste water into Poshur River will introduce
pollutants in the river harming marine animals and beasts.

 

            
Although having a power plant of high capacity will be better for
Bangladesh, destroying Sunderbans will destroy Bangladesh because of its sheer
positive effects on the country. Should the environmental concerns be taken
care of the power plant, plan should proceed since the plant can be really
beneficial.

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