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PM for further review of draft coal policy

Posted by phulbarinews on November 11, 2009

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pmPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the energy division to further review the draft coal policy, especially of the possible impact of mining on the people and environment. The energy officials at a meeting with the PM recommended open-pit mining of the north side of the Barapukuria coalfield in Dinajpur, but Hasina said that she would not make any hurried decision on open-pit mining, said sources present at the meeting.

Energy officials and prime minister’s adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, state minister for power and energy Enamul Haque, energy secretary Mohammad Mohsin and Petrobangla’s chairman Muqtadir Ali made presentations before Hasina on the latest developments in the energy sector at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Finance minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhith, prime minister’s economic affairs adviser Mashiur Rahman and state minister for land Mustafizur Rahman were also present at the meeting. The energy officials told the PM that non-resident Bangladeshis as well as the latest draft of the coal policy prepared by the caretaker government had recommended open-pit mining at Barapukuria.

The PM, however, told the energy officials that they needed to ascertain the possible impact of open-pit mining before they could come to a decision on the matter. “Nothing is to be done in a hurry,” she is learnt to have said. Hasina asked the energy officials to further review the draft policy before placing it again before her.

She also wanted to know whether the people affected by underground mining at Barapukuria were getting due compensation and at what stage was the plan to establish a mining city in Dinajpur. The energy officials said that they had taken up a taka 300 crore project to compensate the affected people, acquire land and create a mining city. The officials also briefed the PM about the gas supply situation.


Date: 08 November 2009, Bangladesh


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