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Tannery owners refuse to leave Hazaribagh

As Bangladesh’s Supreme Court asked the local authorities to disconnect all gas, electricity and water services to tanneries still operational in Hazaribagh, some tannery owners are reported to refuse the relocation to Savar due to the lack of housing facilities.

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No desalination facility in Savar

The Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) in the Savar Industrial Park is reported to have been designed without a desalination facility, meaning the nearby Dhaleshwari River will continue to be polluted by the tanneries.

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Tanners miss relocation deadline

Bangladesh’s Ministry of Industry has extended the tanneries’ relocation deadline to January 31, 2017, after which, the Government said it will prevent tanners from transporting raw hides to Hazaribagh.

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Plans for the second phase of the Savar Tannery Zone

Bangladesh’s government is said to be planning the second phase of the Savar Tannery Zone to accommodate tanneries which were left out in the first phase, support businesses and foreign entrepreneurs, as well as leather goods manufacturers.

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