Utilities to be snapped at Hazaribagh if tanneries not relocated to Savar by Dec 30

Staff Correspondent | Published: 12:01, Oct 16,2016 | Updated: 12:17, Oct 16,2016


A file photo of a tannery warehouse at Hazaribagh. — New Age file photo

The minister for industries, Amir Hossain Amu, on Sunday warned that the utility services of the tanneries in the capital’s Hazaribagh area would be cut off from January 1, 2017, if the tannery owners fail to relocate their factories to Tannery Park at Savar by December 30 this year.

He also warned plot allocation at Savar would be cancelled if there was any lack of preparedness on the part of owners.

The minister came up with the latest warning after a meeting with tannery owners and utility service providers at Hemayetpur, Savar as he came to visit the Tannery Park this morning.

Earlier in January, the minister said the tanneries would be shut down at Hazaribagh if the owners failed to move those to Savar Tannery Estate within 72 hours.

Warning of the minister went in vain as several deadlines for relocation were missed much earlier.

On June 16, the High Court had ordered the errant tannery owners to deposit Tk 50,000 each in the account of the industries ministry in their daily fines until they shifted their factories from Hazaribagh to Savar.
The appellate division, however, on July 18 had reduced daily fine to Tk 10,000.

In 2003, following a High Court order, the government had assigned Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation to develop a tannery park at Savar with modern effluent treatment plants.

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