28 August 2017
→ Public Consultation on 750 MW Meghnaghat Power Plant.
The Indian energy giant “Reliance Bangladesh LNG & Power Limited Company” has planned to set up a LNG-Based 750 megawatt power plant at Meghna Ghat in Sonargaon, under the district Narayangaj at a cost of some BDT: 5 billion (five thousand crore) with finance from the company, Asian Development Bank and other contributors. In this connection the company organized a public consultation session at the auditorium of the Sonargaon upazila complex on 28 August 2017 at 10 am to share the Environmental Impact Assessment Report with the local people. The session was attended by among others local Member of Parliament, Upazila Nirbahi Officer, Sonargaon, Sr. Engineer of the Power Development Board, ADB representative, Mr. Ranjan Lohar, Project Director, Mr. Smitesh Vaidya, Sr. Manager of Reliance, local UP members and women. Mr. Quamrul Islam, Communications Manager represented Nari Maitree in the event. Local MP and UNO said that the plant has no environmental hazards and pledged provide every cooperation to the company. While local UP member and women expressed their concern over impact of the plant on river water, and recalled displacement of people in setting up power plants in the past. Mr. Quamrul Islam told the session that there was no technology of power plant free of any hazard, however, among all the conventional power plants (coal-fired, diesel based, atomic energy) LNG is the least harmful in terms of hazards. In the face of rising demand for energy we have to go for electricity generation. And using latest technology the environmental hazard of the proposed plant would be kept at minimal.