Bangladesh hopes the 2,000 MW Rooppur nuclear power plant on the Padma River will satisfy the country’s growing electricity demand and cut its heavy dependence on waning reserves of natural gas.

But there are growing concerns the dwindling flow of water in Padma River – a distributary of the Ganga which flows from India – will post huge risks to the operation of the nuclear plant which will require huge amounts of water for cooling.

The Bangladesh government signed an agreement with Russia in 2011 to build a nuclear power plant on the banks of Padma River in Pabna district.

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