Of a total 155 industrial units, which were allocated plots at the Savar Tannery estate, only one unit has completed the construction work of its two-storied building, said Md Abdus Sobhan, Executive General Secretary of Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba). Poba is a common forum of citizens and organisations concerned with the environment of Bangladesh.

He was speaking at a press conference on “Actual development of tannery shifting and evaluation of Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba)” at it’s head office in Dhaka on March 15.

The construction work of first floors of eight industrial units are about to be completed, while 56 factories have only just started the work, and 76 have made only their boundary walls. Meanwhile, 14 industrial units have not even fixed their boundaries, said Abdus Sobhan.

“Our water and the environment are badly affected by the wastes of the tannery industry,” Abdus Sobhan said. The government had taken taken a project titled “Hazaribagh Tannery Relocation Project (HTRP)” to relocate the tanneries to a new and eco-friendly tannery estate at Harinbari in Savar following a High Court verdict in 2001.

The timeframe has since been extended several times with the latest setting the implementation of the project by June 2016.

The Poba urged the government to take necessary steps against owners of the tanneries who will fail to move in time. 

Source: Dhaka Tribune