A public interest litigation writ petition was filed before the High Court on Sunday seeking stay on the proposed coal-fired power plant at Rampal near Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest, until assessment of the environmental impact of the project,.
The petitioners, four lawyers of the Supreme Court, also sought the court’s directives to constitute a committee comprising national and international experts to asses the environmental impact of the proposed power plant.
Meanwhile, the government set October 22 for laying the foundation stone of the Rampur power plant.
The PIL petitioners are advocates Asaduzzaman Siddiqui, M Eklas Uddin Bhuiyan, Mahbubul Islam and Sayeda Shaheen Ara Laily.
Manzill Morshed, the counsel for the writ petitioners, told reporters that an HC division bench comprising Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed may take up the petition for hearing tomorrow (Monday).
Secretaries to the Prime Minister’s office, cabinet division, planning ministry, environment ministry and power ministry, director general of the Department of Environment, chairman of the Power Development Board, Deputy Commissioner of Bagerhat district, and director of the Rampal coal-fired Power Plant Project have been made respondents to the case.