The government should take immediate steps to stop pollutions from tanneries at Savar of Dhaka, observed a group of green activists at a discussion on Wednesday.
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan and Buriganga Riverkeeper organised the discussion at National Press Club where they also asked the government not to allow any industry that pollutes environment.
As chief guest the shipping minister Shahjahan Khan said, ‘Our priority is environment over industry.’
Shahjahan Khan, who leads the National Task Force to Protect Rivers, asked the concern officials to form a high-level technical committee to investigate pollutions at tannery industrial park.
BAPA general secretary Abdul Matin said they hoped for an eco-friendly tannery industrial park at Savar but pollutions continued as both the government and tanners had failed to perform.
He said the faulty relocation project plan was responsible for present situation.
The green activists said the government officials, during planning, did not consider chromium recovery unit, solid waste management, salt separation and some others which spread pollutions at the areas including the Dhaleswari River, upstream of Buriganga.
Former tannery project director also Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation official Abdul Qaiyum denied to take the responsibilities of faulty tannery project.
He proposed for another Tk 500 crore project for installation of the some more technologies to stop continuous pollutions.
Bangladesh Tanners Association chairman Shaheen Ahmed alleged that the Central Effluent Treatment Plant constructor had been discharging untreated waste to the Dhaleswari River for reducing cost of about Tk 10 to 15 lakh a month that spread public unrest.
He said local people stood against the tannery because of the pollution.
He found failure of the BSCIC and said its mismanagement had jeopardised huge investment of tanners.
He doubted the full functioning of the central ETP.
BAPA vice-president Syed Abul Maksud, Buriganga Riverkeeper Sharif Jamil, advocate Manzill Murshid, among others, spoke at the discussion.
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