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Environment Deptt action against 23 polluting factories


Dhaka – The department of environment (DoE) has taken legal action against 23 factories including 14 washing and dyeing factories whose electricity connections were snapped for polluting the environment.
According to DoE, a court of monitoring and enforcement under the DoE has fined five factories Tk 32 lakh for polluting the environment of Ashulia, Savar and Gazipur.Besides, the DoE enforcement team has also evicted 4 brick-kilns and snapped the electric connections of 14 washing and dyeing factories in Dhaka’s Keraniganj.
Director of DoE (monitoring and enforcement) Mohammad Alamgir has led the mobile team and conducted the court in city’s Agargaon DoE headquarters separately.
“The government has declared the river Turag and its surrounding areas as ecological critical areas (ECA) as per detailed area plan (DAP). The Crown Cement Concrete and Building Products Ltd has installed their factory on the bank of river Turga without prior permission of the DoE. So, the ready-mix factory has violated the Environment Preservation Act 1997 and fined Tk 20 lakh,” Mohammad Alamgir told journalists.
The court also fined Tk two lakh against Sonar Bangla Stone Crusher at Rustampur of Dour in Ashulia for violating the environment act, he added.
Besides, the DoE enforcement team also fined Tk five lakh against Nice Cotton Ltd at South Panishail in Kashimpur for polluting environment through discharging liquid wastes in the wetlands.
“We have fined taka five lakh against Ashulia Bricks-1 and 2 for not taking environmental clearance certificate from the DoE,” Alamgir said.
The monitoring and enforcement team has also conducted a drive in Dhaka’s Keraniganj areas on Wednesday led by deputy minister for forests and environment Abdullah Al Islam Jakob.
During the drive—the team has demolished for brick kilns—Messer’s National Bricks and Manufacture Company, Messer’s Diamond Bricks, Messer’s JPN Bricks and Messer’s Rafia Bricks—for running their factories illegally, he said.
The DoE enforcement wing has snapped the electric connections of 14 washing and dyeing factories for polluting the wetlands and environment indiscriminately. The team has directed the factory owners to appear before the environment court on February 8 at Agargaon headquarters. – Staff Reporter


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