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Around 127 tanners of the allotted 155 tanneries, have submitted their building design plans to relocate to the Savar Tannery Estate Authority. "Construction work of Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) has been going on at full pace and other related projects have also been approved.
127 tanneries have submitted their full design plans and these will also be approved within a short time," said Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu following a review meeting held at the Industries Ministry.
Presided by Industries Minister, officers of Industries ministry and other organisations were present including industries secretary Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah.
The minister said tanneries must relocate to Savar as soon as possible, otherwise they would be penalised. "If there is any dilly-dally in implementing the order, the responsible persons won't be spared," he told the local press. Around 100 tanneries had submitted their design plans of their buildings by April 1 though 155 tanneries were allocated plots in the estate. The Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association (BFLLFEA) President Mohammad Abu Taher said all the larger tanneries had submitted their plans. The others would do it very soon. "Some 25 companies will be the first to begin constructing tanneries in Savar," he said. The government appointed the Bureau of Research, Testing and Consultation of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) as a consultant to oversee the construction of the tannery industrial park.