The High Court on Wednesday summoned two Chinese contractors and their local agent to appear before the court on August 22 to explain failure to complete plants for the treatment of liquid and solid wastes at newly constructed tannery park at Savar.
The court also asked the two contractors — Jiangsu Lingzhi Environmental Protection Co Ltd & Development Constructions Ltd Joint Venture authorised representative and Jiangsu Lingzhi Environmental Protection Co Ltd chairman –– their local agent Md Anwar Shaheed to explain in person whether or not they could complete the outstanding work for the disposal of the tannery waste.
The bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Salim passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association seeking directives on the government to submitting a report on its steps taken so far to prevent Dhaleswari River from tannery wastes.
The court expressed concerns about further pollution of Dhaleswari River as the tannery waste disposal units were yet to be ready to take load of tannery wastes to be created following Eid-ul Azha.
Supreme Court lawyer Rais Uddin Ahmmad presenting the industries ministry blamed the contractors and the local agent for the delay in completing the treatment plants for the disposal of tannery wastes that polluted Dhaleswari River.
The lawyer said that the contractors were delaying the construction although the government warned them of actions for breaching environmental laws by discharging effluent into Dhaleswari River without proper treatment.
The contractors were also breaching agreement that they would run power generators during load shedding to continue treatment of tannery wastes.
BELA lawyer Syeda Rizwana Hasan told the court that the contractors were yet to submit design for the construction of the solid waste treatment plants and the Slash Power General System from the tannery wastes.
The tannery wastes were being dumped into Dhaleswari as the contractors did not run all units of the Central Effluent Treatment Plant for 24-hours to treat wastes properly, she said.
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