Environmentalists under the banner of The National Committee to Protect the Sundarbans on Wednesday observed the Sundarbans day.
They urged the government to discard the projects which are harmful to world’s largest mangrove forest.
Hundreds of green activists from many environmental organizations formed a human chain in front of the National Museum in Dhaka’s Shahbagh area around 11:00am.
“That Rampal Power Plant project will harm Sundarbans has been proven by scientific tests. The government has challenged this and we have accepted. But the government has moved away from this challenge and is now going ahead with Rampal project silently,” said economist MM Akash in the program.
Akash also said the debate, human chains and protest will not work anymore. So, it’s time to make the locals aware so that they stand up against the project.
Noted columnist Syed Abul Maksud addressed that the ruling party men are harming Sundarbans. Sundarbans is a part of our heritage. Our existence and culture will be threatened if the forest is destroyed.
The projects harmful to the Sundarbans should be shut down, and the people who are involved in harming the forest should be punished, Maksud added.