The people have not forgotten about the Phulbari killing, uprising, the Phulbari Agreement or the commitment made by different governments. These are all living memory for us. Therefore, the people’s discontent is rising at the non-implementation of the main articles of the agreement as Asia Energy or GCM is still active in lobbying and is making money in fraudulent share market business on Phulbari coal. Hired criminals and consultants are engaged in working for the disastrous project. Therefore, the people’s resistance is again growing to confront the global alliance hungry for Bangladesh coal, writes Anu Muhammad.
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Note: Asia Energy is the former name of London-listed mining company GCM Resources. The company is still often popularly referred to in Bangladesh by its earlier name.
See also: Asia Energy not awarded contract for extracting coal from Phulbari
Dhaka, Nov 27: The adviser to the Prime Minister, Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, said on Thursday that the government has not awarded Asia Energy the contract for extracting coal from Phulbari through the open-pit mining method. The company has merely undertaken feasibility studies in Phulbari area. “Asia Energy had bought an exploration licence here simply for conducting a survey. Asia Energy is yet to be awarded a coal mine development licence,” Chowdhury told The Independent on Thursday.