The Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority in a report submitted to the High Court on Monday said that 67 drainage outlets were dumping liquid waste to the Buriganga River.
A bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Justice Mohammad Ullah rebuked the drainage agency for claiming in the report that only 16 of the outlets were under its jurisdiction.
The bench set today for passing order on the supplementary writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh seeking a directive to stop dumping waste into the river and sealing the establishments discharging the waste, as directed in a 2011 HC verdict.
As the drainage outlets built by the two city corporations to carry household waste are linked to the DWASA sewerage outlets so all these channels are under DWASA’s jurisdiction, the court ruled.
The DWASA apologised for its failure to stop the sewerage lines falling into the Buriganga within six months as the High Court on June 1, 2011 directed in a verdict.
DWASA law officer Zahidul Islam submitted at the hearing that city’s roads and other areas would be flooded with liquid wastes if the drainage outlets were stopped flowing into the Buriganga River.
The Department of Environment in another report to the High Court said that it had sealed off 18 of the 27 noncompliant establishments in Shyampur and Kadamtoli on November 25 to comply with its 2011 directive.
The environment agency said that it could not seal off nine other noncompliant establishments as another HC bench led by Justice M Enayetur Rahim allowed them to continue business for three months until establishment of their effluent treatment plants.
On June 1, 2011, the court had issued a series of directives after hearing an HRPB public interest litigation writ petition.
Manzill Murshid appeared for Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
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