Pollution by Hazaribagh tanneries
TANNERIES located at Hazaribagh, a densely populated area in the capital Dhaka, have been creating high pollution decades after decades. The lifeline of the city, the river Buriganga, is dangerously polluted mainly by the tanneries. Fish and other aquatic life forms cannot survive in the river. Dolphins are hardly seen in the Buriganga nowadays. The water of the Buriganga looks like sewerage waste.
Bangladesh has an environment protection law. According to the law, any industrial unit is supposed to treat its waste before disposal so that it cannot cause harm to the environment in any way. The Department of Environment is primarily responsible to enforce the law to protect the environment from pollution. But if anyone looks at its past role, it would be evident that the department generally remained mum about pollution by Hazaribagh tanneries.
To honour the environment law, the department it must conduct drives, along with a mobile court, inspect the tanneries and impose heavy fine to environment polluting tanneries.
Md Ashraf Hossain
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