The High Court Division in a fresh directive on Thursday asked tannery owners to install screen bars at their factories in four weeks to ensure effective functioning of the Central Effluent Treatment Plant of Tannery Industrial Park at Savar.
A bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Salim also directed the tannery factory owners to install separate pipe lines for draining chromium to ensure that chromium does not seep into the CETP and hampers the growth of bacterial essential for the CETP’s functioning.
The court asked Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation to see to it that the tannery owners installed desalination plants at their factories to ensure that saline waters from their factories were not released into the Dhalesawri River.
The court directed the chairmen of the Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leathergoods and Footwear Exporters’ association and the Bangladesh Tanneries Association to report compliance after four weeks.
The court also directed BSCIC to monitor and ensure that the CETP remained operational round the clock to stop untreated wastes getting released into the river.
The court issued the directives after hearing Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers’ Association’s application seeking directive on the government to report compliance regarding the steps it took until now to prevent Dhaleswari River from getting polluted by tannery wastes.
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