From Buriganga to Dhaleshwari

Environment Desk, Ashik Khan, Dhaka Office: From Buriganga to Dhaleshwari, Though 14 years have long gone by using, the authorities are but to finish the construction of all important structures—inclusive of the essential Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP)—at Savar Tannery Estate. As a end result, untreated solid wastes are being dumped in open spaces, thereby imperilling the environment.

Tannery wastes are being dumped beneath the open sky, which makes the area stink. Again, untreated tannery water is flowing into the nearby agricultural lands and wetlands, growing health dangers.
Tannery proprietors relocated their factories to Savar after the Department of Environment (DoE) cut off the utility connections—power, water and gasoline supplies—at Hazaribagh on April 8 this year according with a Supreme Court order.

Since then, tannery proprietors were constantly complaining about the faulty set-up of the CETP at Savar.

Meanwhile, some 102 out of 155 factories have already commenced their manufacturing at the Savar Tannery Estate.

“The CETP is but to end up absolutely operational. The Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) are but to start the chrome refinery unit and set up, essential for dumping stable wastes. As a result, it’s far polluting the whole place, and adverse the ecology and environment,” Bangladesh Tannery Association fashionable secretary Md Shakhawatullah informed The Independent stated. He, too, confirmed that strong wastes have been being dumped in open spaces.

“The BSCIC is yet to complete land registration for plot owners. Besides, they are now demanding the price of the CETP, which became now not blanketed within the relocation agreement,” he claimed.

The undertaking director of Savar Tannery Estate, Ziaul Haque admitted that they’re but to begin chrome recuperation because of diverse troubles. He additionally alleged that the manufacturing facility-owners

are mixing large quantities of lime, which creates problems within the healing of chrome.

The restoration of chrome involves a gadget and method for improving chromium from byproducts attributable to a tannery process.

“It’s actual that solid wastes are being dumped at a certain location due to the fact there’s no control of strong wastes. Earlier, it have been determined that these wastes might be recycled, however it changed into postponed later,” Haque said in reply to a question.

He also sought an answer from the specialists and/or green activists on a way to manipulate these strong wastes.

Paribesh Bachao Andolon chairman Abu Naser Khan stated though the relocation of tanneries to Savar Tannery Industrial Estate from Hazaribagh has stored the Buriganga and adjacent areas from pollutants, the tannery waste is now contaminating the Dhaleshwari and close by areas, developing environmental risks.

Earlier, delivery minister Shajahan Khan also stated that rivers and wetlands near the Savar Tannery Estate had been being polluted by means of strong wastes.

On October 12, this 12 months, the High Court (HC) directed the government to complete the construction of all important systems, such as the CETP, at the tannery property within 4 weeks.

On March 6 this 12 months, the SC directed the DoE director-popular to close down tanneries that fail to relocate from Hazaribagh to the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate.

In 2001, the HC had directed the authorities to shift the leather-based factories from Hazaribagh to Savar in view of the vital condition of the Buriganga, as a result of the dumping of untreated chemical waste from the tanneries into the river.


Environment Desk,

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