Department of Environment (DoE) in a drive at Savar Tannery Industrial Estate today asked eight tanneries in Savar to pay Tk 21 lakh as compensation for environmental damage.
The tanneries are, Kahinur Tannery, Unicorn Leather, Gulshan Tannery, Anjuman Trading Corporation Ltd, Velex Agencies Ltd, Kid Leather, Superior Leather and Tipara Tannery, according to a press release issued by DoE.
A day-long drive led by Rubina Ferdousi, director (Deputy Secretary) of the Monitoring and Enforcement Branch of DoE was carried out against eight tanneries they were being run either without any environmental clearance or renewal of environmental clearance certificate, the press release added.
Samples of untreated liquid waste were collected from the rainwater drain of the industrial estate during the operation. They have been sent to the laboratory of the Department of Environment for analysis. Legal action will then be taken based on the results of the sample analysis, the press release also added.
Shaheda Begum, Deputy Director, Department of Environment, Dhaka District Office was present during the drive. BSIC authorities and police from Savar police station provided overall assistance.
The Daily Star published a photo on its front-page which said liquid waste from Savar Tannery Industrial Estate is being released into the Dhaleshwari river causing pollution of the water body and nearby areas.