May 24, 2013 | 08:16 PM (BD Time)
24 May, 2013 Friday
Shifting of tanneries to Savar demanded
. BSS, Dhaka
The civil society bodies yesterday called upon the government to strictly enforce the existing laws of the land and shift all tanneries in Hazaribagh to Savar to abide by the decade old ruling of the Bangladesh High Court for protecting the River Buriganga from acute pollution.
In a statement FEJB Chairman Quamrul Islam Chowdhury and General Secretary Hasan Hafiz expressed their dismay at the violation of the High Court ruling that ordered one decade ago the relocation of all tanneries from Hazaribagh to Savar.
They asked the government to urgently complete the work of the central effluent treatment plant (CETP) so that no tannery owner could show an excuse and the country could avoid any ban of nearly a billion dollar leather goods exports to EU and other markets per annum.
The leaders of the country's oldest professional environmental watchdog body noted with appreciation that government has built necessary infrastructure including 200 industrial plots over a 200 acre area in Savar allotting them among the tannery owners for their relocation.
They however, regretted at the sluggish progress in completion of the CETP and asked the concerned authorities to finish the work for the sake of the conservation of the nature. The FEJB leaders asked the tannery owners not to use it as an excuse and should immediately relocate their units since they are receiving all the built infrastructure including plot free of cost. Otherwise, they said, the government should realize compensation for damaging the River Buriganga, the lifeline of the capital city.
They also referred to a recent Environment Impact Assessment Study published in the International Journal of Environmental Science and Development in April, 2012 Hazaribagh, which is the largest tannery region in Bangladesh consisting of more than 200 tanneries generate an approximate 7.7 million litres of liquid waste and 88 million tons of solid waste every day.
They said, the direct discharge of these wastes has contaminated the ground and surface water with dangerously high concentrations of chromium, as well as cadmium, arsenic and lead. Hazaribagh tanneries' contribution to the environmental damage to both eco- systems of the River Buriganga and food chain is well- documented.
The FEJB leaders said, the tannery owners should settle all unresolved issues with the government including sharing of the CETP cost.
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