The High Court on Wednesday summoned two Chinese contractors and their local agent in Bangladesh to appear in person in court on August 22 to explain their failure in completing works for the disposal of liquid and solid wastes of the tanneries in Savar.
The court also asked two contractors — authorised representative of JLEPCL-DCL JV and Jiangsu Lingzhi Environmental Protection Co Ltd’s chairman – and JLEPCL’s local agent Md Anwar Shaheed to explain in persons whether or not they could fully complete outstanding works for the disposal of the tanneries.
A bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Salim summoned the contractors and the local agent after hearing a petition filed by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers’ Association seeking necessary directive on the government for submitting a report on its steps taken so far to prevent Dhaleswari River from tannery waste.
Supreme Court lawyer Rais Uddin Ahmmad presenting the industries ministry blamed the contractors and the local agent for not to complete outstanding work for the disposal of tanneries waste which pollutes Dhaleswari River.
BELA lawyer Syeda Rizwana Hasan told the court that the contractors was yet to submit design for installing treatment plant for disposal of solid waste from the tanneries.
Moreover, the tanneries waste were being dumped into Dhaleswari River as the contractors did not run all units of Central Effluent Treatment Plant for 24-hours to treat waste properly, she said.