Health Desk-- May 18, 2017: The Rampal coal-fired power plant would generate nearly 3.80 crore tonnes of ash in 60 years, damaging the biodiversity of the Sundarbans, a new study finds.
The ash may spread all over the Sundarbans and its adjacent areas during floods and cyclones, dealing a blow to aquatic life including fish in the mangrove forest.
These are the findings of a study conducted on probable pollution from ash of the power plant by US researcher Dennis Lemly. The findings were disclosed at a seminar organised by National Committee for the Protection of the Sundarbans at Dhaka Reporters' Unity in the capital on Wednesday. Dennis joined the seminar from the US through Skype.
The committee chairperson Sultana Kamal said the power plant would leave a detrimental effect in the long run.
Prof Badrul Imam and Prof M Abul Bashar of Dhaka University, among others, spoke at the seminar moderated by green activist and member secretary of the committee Abdul Matin.
However, the government has been going ahead with the project, saying it was using the best technologies available to prevent any possible damage.