Amu asks to relocate tanneries in 72 hours

Amu asks to relocate tanneries in 72 hours


The government will shut down the tanneries in the capital’s Hazaribagh area if their owners fail to relocate those to Savar Tannery Estate within 72 hours.Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu instructed the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industry Corporation (BSCIC) to send legal notices to the owners and close down their tanneries if they fail to shift those to Savar within the given time, said a handout of the ministry.At a meeting held at his ministry’s conference room, he also asked the BSCIC to cancel allocation of Savar estate’s plots against names of the defaulted owners after the 72 hours. Amu sat in the parley with the project directors and the chiefs of the agencies concerned for evaluating the progress of different projects undertaken for development of the country’s industrial sector.Industries Secretary Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan and other high officials of the ministry and its various agencies and corporations were also present.The minister asked the Industries Secretary to sit with the project directors and the chiefs of its agencies after every 10 days to review and evaluate the implementation progress of the projects to complete the project within their respective stipulated times.

Evaluating the Savar Tannery Estate project, Amu said the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) of the tannery estate must be in operation within the stipulated time.Legal action will be taken against the tannery owners, who are delaying the process of factory relocation. And the belongings to the factories, located in Hazaribagh, will be confiscated if the owners concerned kept construction works halted availing of compensation from the government for relocation, the minister warned.Some 21,000 cubic metres of untreated toxic waste are released every day from the Hazaribagh tanneries into the Buriganga River, according to a recent report of Poribesh Bachao Andolon (POBA).


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