Locals on Wednesday asked the government to keep the tannery factories at Savar shut until effective Central Effluent Treatment Plant, solid waste management system and chrome recovery unit were installed at the Tannery Industrial Park.
Holding a demonstration inside the tannery park they said that they fear that Savar would be struck by environmental disaster if the tannery park
continued to lack the essential effluent management facilities.
At the demonstration organized by Nodi O Paribesh Unnayan Parishad, Savar, its leaders said that during visits they saw untreated toxic water was being releasing into the Dhalesari River from the Tannery Industrial Park.
NPUP president Rafiqul Islam Mollah said that over 60 tannery factories were in production in the park keeping the CETP inoperative for which uncreated wastes were being released into the Dhaleshwari.
In 2003, the government, following directives from the court, took the project to shift tannery factories from Hazaribagh, in the capital to save the Buriganga River from getting further polluted.
NPUP general secretary Shamsul Haque said that many locals became victims of skin diseases, caused by pollutants from the tannery park.
He cautioned Savar could become another Hazaribagh unless the issues were addressed speedily.
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