Several nonconformists have set out on a walk from the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka to the world’s biggest mangrove forest or woodland locale in the south, to show against government arrangements to fabricate immense coal power plants close to the timberland’s Sundarbans.
Activists participating in the 400km “walk”, taking off on a transport guard on Thursday, expect that contamination from the two proposed coal plants will prompt the demolition of the intensely biodiverse Sundarbans that is both an UNESCO World Heritage site and Samarco-secured wetland.
The 10,000 sq km backwoods district, a large portion of which is arranged in Bangladesh with a little part in neighboring India, is home to various imperiled species, including the Royal Bengal tigers, the estuarine crocodile, and the South Asian stream dolphin.
Al Jazeera’s Tanvir Chowdhury, boarding a transport with activists in Dhaka, said that nonconformists are attempting to spread attention to the natural risk and influence the legislature to stop the development of the plants.
Dhaka says a 1,320-megawatt plant worked by the Indian and Bangladeshi governments and a 545-megawatt plant by the privately owned business Orion are important to give energy to around 33% of the populace who need power.
It says that the nation likewise needs more power direly in light of its fast industrialisation.
The administration has criticized the dissents and asserted that the plants won’t have any negative ecological effect on the backwoods.
Anwar Hossain Manju, the pastor for environment and woodlands in Bangladesh, told Al Jazeera that the legislature has done all the required natural effect appraisals and will keep up the most noteworthy ecological standard conceivable.
He said the kind of coal that will be utilized is of the most astounding quality with low sulfur content.
In any case, Manju said he shared the worry of the hippie and the nonconformists.