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Dhaka Saturday,  Feb 16, 2019

Patukhali Farmers Refuses Power Plants At Fertile Lands

EB Report

The process of land acquisition has already begun at Dhankhali union of Kolapara upazilla in Patuakhali district to install a power plant. The local inhabitants have demonstrated a human-chain program against the installation of the power plant at the proposed site as the land is fertile enough to harvest 3 times a year.

The human chain program was organized at the Nishanbari village of the Ghankhali union area on Friday morning.

Hundreds of people from different walks of life participated in the program including farmers, females, businessmen and other professionals of the local area. Abdur Rashid Talukder, the farmers’ representative of that village presided over the demo program. Local businessman Gazi Raisul Islam addressed at the program. He said that, the land that is meant to be acquired is highly fertile and it’s a densely populated area as well. There are also some important infrastructures including, educational institute, masjid, graveyard and off course the thousand-year-old homestead of the local people. The lands are likely to be acquired without conducting any prior justification which will cause irreversible loss to the helpless locals.

Shaukat Hossain Talukder, a local farmer said that, some of the officials have submitted wrong information regarding this place to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Other speakers of the program demanded, cancellation of the land acquisition process and they also threatened to go for any strict demo against the acquisition program.

Sohel Talukder, a farmer from the Gandamari village said that, they’ve already acquired some lands earlier, we won’t give any more lands to them.

Rural Power Company Limited (RPCL) has started to install a 1320 MW power plant at the Londa mouza area of the Dhankhali union. RPCL has acquired some 1,200 acres of land to install this power plant. Now, land acquisition process has started once again to home some more such projects.

Selim Bhuiya, the project director of RPCL said that, the project will provide houses to 342 families that are going to be affected for some 25 acres of land acquisition. The affected people will also get other important infrastructures including, masjid, educational institute, community center, ponds and other necessary things. Besides, all of them will get 3 fold price (from the current market price) for their lands. RPCL estimates that, 92 crore tk will be spent on this purpose.

Upazilla assistant commissioner (land) Khandaker Rabiul Islam said that, we’ve given RPCL 25 acres of land and they have requested for another 1,000 acres of land which is now awaiting approval from the ministry. “Except, for these, I don’t know any information about other land acquisition”, he added.

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