Nat’l Committee ‘long march’ to Sundarbans today

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National Committee to protect resources will start its five-day Dhaka-Sundarban long march today to press for its seven points demands including scraping the Ramapl Thermal Power Plant project.
The demands also included implementation of Phulbari deal, scrapping of Model Production and Sharing Contract-2012 and strengthening the Petrobangla and BAPEX. 
The marcher will start their journey after holding a rally in front of the National Press Club at 9:00am.
National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports  called on the Awami League-led government to scrap Rampal Thermal Power Plant project  to save the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world.
The Bangladesh government on April 20 signed a deal with an Indian company to install Rampal coal-based thermal power plant at Rampal in Bagerhat, 14 kilometres away from the Sundarbans.
The national committee leaders   termed the deal ‘unequal’ and said the Indian company would benefit much from the proposed plant at the cost of bangladesh’s environment.
Energy security of the country would be at stake if the Rampal plant is installed and the offshore gas blocks are leased, the committee leaders added.
The 400-kilometre long march will start from Dhaka today and hold rallies at Savar Rana Plaza, Jahangirnagar University and Dhamrai on the day. The marchers will reach Faridpur on September 25 and hold rallies at Goalunda and Rajbari sadar.
They will arrive in Jessore on September 26 while in Khulna on September 27. Finally, the committee will hold a rally at Digraj where it will announce the Sundarban declaration.
The marchers will go to Rampal by bus. Some cultural troupes will also accompany them and perform dramas and songs.

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