A half-day hartal (shutdown) programme will be enforced on 26 January 2017, if the government does not cancel construction of the Rampal power plant near the Sundarbans before that.

The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports issued the deadline from a rally on the premises of the Central Shaheed Minar on Saturday.

The committee's member secretary Anu Muhammad, also an economics professor at Jahangirnagar University, announced the programme.


Anu MuhammdThe national committee, a civic forum, will present a master plan, excluding the coal-based power plants including the Rampal project fuel, to ensure the country's energy security on 14 January.

The master plan is being prepared by the country’s leading energy experts, Anu Muhammad told the rally.

"Even after announcement of the master plan, if the government does not cancel the Rampal project, a half-day blockade and hartal programme will be observed in the capital," he said.

Anu Muhammad also urged the countrymen to observe Martyred Intellectuals’ Day on 14 December and Victory Day on 16 December, demanding the cancellation of the Rampal project.