The High Court Division on Sunday directed the Department of Environment to shut down in 15 days 27 polluting establishments set up on the Buriganga bank without environmental clearance.
The Department of Environment submitted a report at a hearing to inform the court that among the 27 establishments included 16 textile and dying factories, nine metal factories and two private hospitals on the Buriganga bank stretching from Sadarghat to Shyampur.
A bench of Justice Gobina Chandra Tagore and Justice Mohammad Ullah also directed the Department of Environment to shut down 11 other industries if they fail to install Effluent Treatment Plants within three months.
The court directed Dwasa managing director to explain in 15 days why action would not be taken against him for submitting a false report to the court claiming that Dwasa’s 930-km sewerage pipeline ‘dumps no human wastes in Buriganga or in wetlands.’
Dwasa MD was also directed to explain why action would not be taken against him for his failure to stop dumping human wastes in Buriganga as he was directed in a verdict delivered on June 1, 2011.
The court said that further orders would be issued on December 2.
BIWTA informed the court that it published notices in newspapers asking the Dwasa to remove the outlets of its 56 sewerage pipelines and the factory owners to remove the outlets of waste pipelines from the Buriganga.
The court was particularly angry with Dwasa for not carrying out the directives issued in 2011 to stop dumping human waste.
On June 1, 2011, the court had issued a series of directives after hearing a public interest litigation writ petition of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
In the directives the court ordered the Dwasa, the BIWTA and the Department of Environment to stop and prevent waste dumping in the rivers flowing by the capital in six months.
Manzill Murshid appeared for HRPB.
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