The High Court Division on Tuesday asked the government to explain why it would not be directed to stop garbage dumping into the Surma in Sylhet to protect the river from pollution.
The court also asked the government to explain why its failure to stop garbage dumping to pollute the Surma River would not be declared illegal.
A bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque issued the ruling after hearing public interest litigation writ petition of Justice Watch Foundation’s executive director Md Mahfuzur Rahman Milon.
The respondents, secretaries of the ministries of environment and forest, water resources, shipping, home, local government division and industries, the BIWTA chairman, the director general of the Department of Environment, the mayor and the deputy commissioner of Sylhet and DoE’s director at Sylhet, were asked to reply to the ruling within four weeks.
At the hearing, petitioner Mahfuzur Rahman submitted that indiscriminate and constant garbage dumping into the Surma became a common phenomenon.
A huge quantity of wastes collected from the Sylhet district was dumped into the Surma River at different places, he submitted, caused public inconvenience by spreading odor. Waste dumping also spoilt the natural beauty of the Surma, he submitted.
He submitted that the authorities turned a blind-eye to the issue.
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