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Rampal and Matarbari Power Projects: Governance Challenges in Environmental Impact Assessment and Land Acquisition - Executive Summary (English)

To reduce dependency on gas in power generation, the government has planned to establish eight large-scale and 10 small-scale coal-fired thermal power projects using domestic and imported coal as fuel. Budgetary allocation for power sector has been increasingly growing during recent years. In the current fiscal the government has allocated Tk 11,540 crore for the development of this sector, which is 4.6 percent of the total national budget. The first initiative to implement a mega-scale coal-fired thermal power plant was undertaken at Rampal in Bagerhat district in 2010. Another project was initiated at Matarbari in Cox’s Bazaar district in 2012. It has been reported that the Japanese government had allocated the loan for Matarbari from its climate fund.
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