One killed in Bangladesh protest against Chinese-backed power plant
07 February 2017
Supporters and opponents of a planned 1,320-MW Chinese-backed coal-fired power station on the coast of Bangladesh were involved in running clashes that resulted in one death and 12 injuries according to local and international media. The plant is expected to begin power generation by the end of 2019 if the construction timetable proceeds as planned.
Local villagers fear the Banshkhali power station, near Chittagong, will cause evictions, disturb graveyards and damage the environment. Police said they were patrolling the area to avoid any further clashes. A similar protest last year led to the deaths of four demonstrators, halting work on the plant.
Further protests risk delaying the project, which is supported by the S Alam Group of Bangladesh and China's SEPCO3 Electric Power Construction Corp. The Banshkhali plant is a vital part of the Bangladeshi government's plan to generate around 20,000MW of electricity by the year 2030.