Clashes erupt between police and people protesting the proposed Rampal power plant on January 26, 2017 in Dhaka. The police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the demonstrators, who were demanding the cancellation of the plan for the massive coal-fired power plant near world heritage site the Sundarbans, an ecologically precious area.
The Sundarbans is the largest single tract mangrove forest and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bangladesh present government is planning to build the Rampal coal-fired power plant there. It will be built by the Indian company NTPC Ltd. To operate, 4.72 million tons of coal per year which emitting huge GHG and as a result threatens the unique biodiversity and ecosystem of the Sundarbans as well as the livelihoods of million local people. In this context, UNESCO has recently asked Bangladesh to abandon the project. People in Bangladesh have organised and are tirelessly opposing this project.
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