Energy adviser Tapan Chowdhury Thursday said that the government will decide on renegotiation with Asia Energy on the controversial Phulbari coal field agreement after finalization of national coal policy.
“Asia Energy requested for renegotiation on the Phulbari agreement softening its position. It has proposed some positive things. It wants to set up a power plant, supply the water that will be extracted from the coal mine to villages,” Tapan told newsmen after a meeting with an ADB delegation.
Visiting ADB South Asia director general Kurio Senga, who led the delegation, offered to extend all kinds of financial assistance in developing Bangladesh’s coal sector including Phulbari coal mine. He asked the government to take quick decisions on Asia Energy’s development plan on Phulbari coal mine and Indian Tata Group’s investment proposal. Tapan told reporters that he assured ADB delegation that the government would decide about Asia Energy’s development plan after finalization of coal policy.
Senga was asked by newsmen whether he was aware about the government’s agreement with people in Phulbari on scrapping of deal on Phulbari coal field. He replied negative.
Government signed an agreement with protesters to scrap the deal with Asia Energy following the killing of three people by law enforcers while they were protesting against the proposed open-pit mining of Asia Energy last year. Tapan said that after getting the law ministry opinion on the agreement, they would decide about the issue.