16 factories recycling lead knocked down
Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday demolished 16 factories that were illegally recycling lead and aluminium and jailed 13 people in this connection at Konapara of Demra in the capital.
A team of DoE led by Syed Ahmed Kabir, deputy director (enforcement) of Dhaka (metro), conducted the daylong drive after locals alleged that those factories were being run at night and smoke from the factories was deteriorating the area's air quality.
Kabir said the factories have been operating for a few years without obtaining necessary clearance from DoE.
They used to melt expired batteries, resulting in smoke that poses serious health threat, he said.