Tanners stage demo, demand utilities at Savar Tannaries

Tanners stage demo, demand utilities at Savar Tannaries

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Dhaka – The owners and workers of tannery factories on Monday threatened the authority concerned to give electricity, water and gas connections within 15 days to the newly constructed Savar tannery estate as per court order otherwise they will launch tougher programme.They also threatened to lay a siege of Motijheel Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) building if their demands are not fulfilled, they made the warning at a grand rally held in city’s tannery crossing at Hazaribagh.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday ordered the authorities concerned to give gas, water and electric connection within 15 days those factories who have applied for these at Savar tannery estate.
Meanwhile, the department of environment (DoE) on Sunday cut off all the utility services including gas, water, electricity and telephone as per the country’s apex court order.
“We want gas, water and electric connections within 15 days as per court order. If the authorities concerned failed to implement the court order—we will launch tougher programme including siege the BSCIC building,” president of Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA) Shaheen Ahmed told The Independent.
The owners and workers of tannery factories will bring out a procession with black flags on April 12, he said.
“A total of 120 tannery factories have applied for gas connections and 144 factory owners applied for electricity connections in Savar. But the authorities concerned are yet to give these connections,” Shaheen Ahmed said.
“We have placed 9-point demand before the government. We will launch different programmes until meeting our demands,” general secretary of Tannery Workers Union Abdul Malek told at the rally.
The workers leader said the authorities concerned should ensure residential facilities and working environment like the gas, water and electric connections at the Savar tannery estate.
A new programme will be launched on April 15 after an executive committee meeting at Bangladesh Leather Technology Auditorium.
According to tannery owners, they have already invested Tk. 22,00 crore at the Savar tannery village.
The government has allocated a total of 155 plots among the tannery owners to shift their factories to the newly constructed Savar tannery village. – Staff Reporter

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