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HC: Wasa must shut sewerage lines connected to Buriganga

  • Published at 12:45 am December 4th, 2019
Buriganga-Syed Zakir Hossain-Dhaka Tribune
File Photo: The boatman’s oar churns up toxic foam from the Buriganga, whose water has turned black after decades of abuse Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

68 sewerage lines are directly connected to the river, it said

The High Court has directed the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) to close the 68 underground drains and sewerage lines connected to the Buriganga River.

It further ordered the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) to comply with its directives in implementing the order. 

The bench of Justices Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Mohammad Ullah issued the directive over the Buriganga River pollution after hearing a supplementary petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh in 2010 seeking necessary orders on Tuesday.

The court also fixed December 8 for issuing the order in this regard.

Advocate Manzil Murshid stood for the writ, Advocate Amatul Karim stood for the Department of Environment (DoE) while Barristers AM Masum and Syed Mofizur Rahman represented the Wasa and BIWTA. 

Petitioner's lawyer Manzil Murshid said, according to BIWTA’s report, there are 68 sewerage lines directly connected to Buriganga River. 

The Court ordered the BIWTA to identify whether any other waste disposal lines are connected to the shores of the Buriganga in Dhaka other than the 68 underground drains and sewerage lines and to seal them all by January 7, the lawyer added. 

Earlier on November 17, the Court ordered the DoE to shut 27 organizations which have been operating without environmental certificates.