Hazaribagh continues to be polluted by rawhide wastes

Rashad Ahamad | Published: 00:09, Aug 29,2018 | Updated: 00:10, Aug 29,2018

 
 

Sacrificial animal wastes dumped on a road at Hazaribagh in Dhaka pose serious health and environmental threats. The photo was taken on Tuesday. — Ali Hossain Mintu

Rawhide wastes continue to pollute the densely populated Hazaribagh area in the capital.
The problem persists as tanners were using their abandoned factories to store rawhides, local inhabitant complained.
People in the area told New Age that shifting the tannery factories to the Tannery Industrial Park at Savar brought no solution to the area.
They said that the tanners continue to dump rawhide wastes like horns, ears and tails on open spaces on the two sides of the Sadarghat-Gabtoli Road close to Hazaribagh.
Abu Rayhan Miah, who owns a tea stall at Hazaribgh near the Mollah Bari Market said that strong odour of rotten rawhide wastes left on open spaces made life unbearable for the local population.
He said shifting the tannery factories brought no solution to people in the area.
Rawhide wastes also polluted the water bodies on the two sides of the ever busy Sadarghat-Gabtoli Road
While visiting the area New Age found animal body parts heaped on the two sides the Sadarghat-Gabtoli Road as well as along the lanes and by-lanes crisscrossing a large area.
Rawhides were seen stored inside most of the once tannery factories that had stopped leather processing.
Local people said rawhide waste dumping increased after the Eid-ul-Azha.
Dhaka South City Corporation chief waste management officer Air Commodore Zahid Hossain said that tanners and rawhide merchants secretly dumped rawhide wastes on the waysides at night.
He said that DSCC would immediately clean up the waysides.
He said action would be taken against those who dumped rawhide wastes on the waysides. 

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