HC summons industries secy for failing to relocate Hazaribagh tanneries

New Age Online

The High Court on Tuesday asked the industries ministry secretary Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan to appear before the court on May 19 to explain the ministry’s failure to implement the verdict for relocation of the tanneries from the capital’s Hazaribagh to Savar in 14 years.
The bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Kashefa Hussain passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Human Rights and peace for Bangladesh.
The right organisation filed the petition as Mosharraf Hossain had not responded the previous order that on March 16 asked him to explain why contempt proceedings should not be drawn against him for the failure of the ministry to implement the two verdicts including one delivered on July 15, 2001 asking the respondents to ensure that no industry would establish without installing Effluent Treatment Plant.
Another verdict delivered on June 23, 2009 that asked the respondents to relocate by June 30, 2010 the tanneries which posing threat to public health by dumping animal wastes into river Buriganga around the capital.
The court had extended the deadline for several occasions in the period between February 28 and April 2011 to implement the verdicts. In the meantime, nine industries ministry’s secretaries and six director-generals of department of environment had been changed but the directives were not implemented in 14 years, said the right group lawyer Manzill Murshid.
Manzill said though there was a decision to relocate the tannery industries to Savar, where all are set to operate the industries, the ministry did not implement the directives of the court.
Due to delay in shifting the tanneries, the pollution of the Dhaka City as well as rivers surrounding the city affected seriously, he added.

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