Friday, September 27, 2013

World Citizen Concern for Rampal and Phulbari

Resuscitating a Dinosaur couple

In a time when the basis of civilization, the so called modernism is challenged, in a time when Bolivia is passing the Law of the Rights of Mother Earth, Bangladesh is resuscitating a Dinosaur couple – an open pit coal mining in Phulbari and a thermal power plant in Rampal, Sunderban.  As a concerned global citizen, we feel the urge to stand by the struggle of the people in BD fighting this couple.

The Phulbari Project

The Phulbari Coal Project would excavate an immense open pit coalmine in the Phulbari region of northwest Bangladesh. The project threatens to destroy the homes, lands, and water sources of as many as 220,000 people, and forcibly evict tens of thousands of people. The families whose farmlands would be destroyed are at risk of being made destitute, as the project would not provide replacement land to those who are displaced. The project has faced widespread opposition in Bangladesh, with massive protests involving tens of thousands of people beginning in 2006 and continuing through today.

Project Details

Location: Dinajpur district of northwest Bangladesh, just six miles from the Indian border
Land acquired for the project: 14,660 acres, 80% of which is fertile farmland
Projected lifespan of the mine: 36+ years
Total coal extraction: 572 million tons; 16 million tons annually at peak production
Use: investment agreement allows for export of all coal; estimated one-fifth to be used for domestic energy consumption in Bangladesh with the remainder earmarked for export.
Coal-fired power plants: at least one 500 MW plant in the port city of Khulna
Revenues & taxes to Bangladesh: 6% fixed sales royalty; no export duties; and a nine-year tax holiday

The Rampal Project

Bangladesh Power Development Board and the National Thermal Power Corporation of India signed a contract to build, under joint venture, the 1320MW Rampal Coal Fired Power Plant near Sundaban. This is an invitation to a developmental disaster, one which can help destroy one of the world’s natural wildlife wonders.
Please find the attachments for further details.

An Appeal – it is time to speak out

Considering the need of the hour, we invite all concerned global citizens to exercise their right and join the protest initiative on fighting this Dinosaur couple. Please make your voice heard by signing the petition to stop the destruction (Click Here) Btw, it is 4570 signatures now.

Thanks and Regards,
Indranil Saha
Mobile +91 9674242004

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