Green activists on Friday alleged that untreated toxic effluents from relocated tanneries at Savar were polluting the River Dhaleshwari as well as the adjacent River Buriganga.
The allegation was made in a rally jointly organised by environmentalist organisations Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan, Buriganga Riverkeeper and Dhaka Youth Club in front of National Museum in the capital.
Speakers at the rally also demanded prompt government actions to stop pollution of both the rivers.
‘Government has relocated pollution to Savar in the name of relocating tanneries from city’s Hazaribagh,’ said BAPA general secretary Abdul Matin.
He also said that about 60 tannery factories were in production at Savar keeping the CETP inoperative for which untreated wastes were being released into the Dhaleshwari.
He also demanded health and accommodation facilities for the relocated tanneries workers.
At the demonstration, activist and columnist Syed Abul Maksud said that after two decades of movement, the process of Hazaribagh tannery relocation started in last year, but unfortunately the process was yet incomplete.
Praising the government’s new plan for establishing two new zones for the leather industry in Rajshahi and Chittagong, he also said that the government must ensure that both the areas would not be polluted as was the case at Hazaribagh and Savar.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has announced that two more leather industrial estates will be set up in Chittagong and Rajshahi divisions for further flourishing the leather sector.
She made the announcement while inaugurating Bangladesh Leather Footwear and Leather goods International Sourcing Show 2017 at International Convention Centre, Bashundhara in the capital Thursday morning.
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