Green activists at a human chain in the capital on Friday alleged that dye factories in the capital’s Shyampur area were the main causes of the River Buriganga’s pollution after the relocation of tanneries from Hazaribagh.
Environmentalist organisations Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon and Buriganga Riverkeeper jointly organised the event, where the activists demanded government actions to immediately stop the pollution of Buriganga.
‘Ensure effluent treatment plant or relocate dye factories from the bank of Buriganga,’ said BAPA
general secretary Abdul Matin.
He said that they would mobilise broader movements against the pollution by dye factories, which were now causing 60 per cent of the river water pollution.
He said that over 40 dye factories had been operating at Shyampur without effluent treatment plant and discharging huge untreated wastes on the river for a decade.
Buriganga Riverkeeper’s Sharif Jamil said that dye factories, including Pakiza, TBI, Al-Madina, Chadni, Mitali, Chamak, Sharmin and Bhai-Bhai had been discharging untreated wastes with hazardous chromium and cadmium in the river.
He blamed that the government organisations like Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority and the two city corporations in Dhaka were contributing to 30 per of the total
The speakers at the event suspected that if the government failed to stop river pollution, Dhaka city would soon be an abandoned and unliveable city.
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