HC scolds BIWTA, DoE, DWASA for failure to stop waste dumping in Buriganga 

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jul 16,2019


The High Court Division on Monday scolded BIWTA, the  Department of Environment and Dwasa for not enforcing  its directives issued on June 1, 2011, to  prevent dumping of wastes in the Buriganga River.

The court said that further orders would be issued on July 23.

A bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Mohammad Ullah directed the respondents to submit compliance reports at the next hearing on July 23.

The court scolded Dwasa for claiming in its report that its 930-k m sewerage pipeline ‘dumps no human wastes in Buriganga or into wetlands.’

‘You are misguiding us thinking that  we  understand nothing. You can’t shift your responsibility,’ the bench said.

BIWTA in informed the court that it published notices in newspapers asking Dwasa and factory owners to remove over 250 outlets of sewerage pipelines from the Buriganga, Shitalakhya, Turag and the Balu River.

The court scolded BITWA for submitting an old  list of industries,  prepared in 2014, that dumped  wastes in the rivers flowing by the capital and for  taking no action against them.  

The court also scolded BIWTA for not stopping ferries and other water transports from dumping human wastes in rivers.  

The court rebuked DoE for submitting an old report which states that in 2010 the utility connections of tannery factories at Hazaribagh were snapped.

The court was particularly angry with DoE for not carrying out the directives it had issued in 2011, after supplementary application of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.

On June 1, 2011, the court had issued a series of directives to prevent in six months waste dumping  in the  rivers flowing by the capital after hearing HRPB’s writ petition.

Manzill Murshid appeared for HRPB while deputy attorney general ASM Nazmul Haque for the respondents.

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