The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a dyeing factory and a housing project in Narayanganj and Savar a total of Tk 37 lakh for violating environmental laws.
The dyeing factory Chaiti Composite Ltd in Sonargaon of Narayanganj was fined Tk 22 lakh for polluting the environment and a DoE team fined Ahmed Karim, owner of Nofel Digital City in Savar, Tk 15 for lakh grabbing public land at Senwalia in the upazila, said a press release.
DoE's Director Munir Chowdhury also took a bank guarantee of Tk 50 lakh and an undertaking from Chaiti Composite Ltd to stop polluting.
The dyeing factory has been polluting farmlands and poisoning fish and domestic animals by dumping chemical liquid waste at the farmland of Tripurdi village.
M Matiur Rahman, director of the factory, admitted wrongdoing and paid the fine.
DoE also directed the factory to activate effluent treatment plant (ETP) fully, take all necessary steps to stop pollution and restore the cultivable land that is now polluted.
If the company fails to comply with the order, the owners would be sent to jail and the factory's gas and electric supply cut off, the release said.
The bank guarantee will be forfeited if the dyeing factory is found polluting environment in future.
The factory refused to modify and modernise its ETP despite being repeatedly asked to do so for the last 18 months.
Meanwhile, DoE fined Ahmed Karim and stopped his project work at Senwalia in Savar after he failed to produce any document proving ownership of the land.
He also did not have any environment clearance from DoE, the release said.
Munir Chowdhury said the illegal housing project would have stopped water and sewerage flow from Jahangirnagar University and Savar Golf Club.