Photo: Shahidul Alam
In this latest edition Panoscope went to Phulbari, a small hamlet in north Bangladesh where, for the past several years, local residents have been resisting an open pit coal-mining project that threatens to displace thousands of people and destroy the environment. The controversy revolves around a clandestine deal between the erstwhile Bangladesh government and a British coal company called Asia Energy (now renamed Global Coal Management PLC). Asian Development Bank (ADB) is planning to provide US $ 100 million loan and US $ 200 million political risk insurance to Asia Energy. ADB is now conducting its due dilligence and scheduled to approve the funding the project in March 2008.
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Visit Phulbari Resistance for more information on the community resistance against open pit coal mining in Phulbari.
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