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HC: Shut factories operating illegally near Buriganga

  • Published at 10:56 pm December 8th, 2019
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Photo shows illegal establishments on the banks of the river Buriganga Dhaka Tribune

The DoE has been directed to submit a report in this regard on January 8

The High Court has ordered the government office concerned to shut down the operations of all industries, factories and other structures operating near the Buriganga river, as those are polluting the river. 

The High Court bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Justice Mohammad Ullah passed the order on Sunday.

The Department of Environment (DoE) was directed to submit a report on January 8 after shutdown of all of the industries, factories and other structures.

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) was also directed to submit a report after shutting all drainage and sewerage line of the factories connected to the river.

Earlier in day, DoE informed the court that 52 factories are directly responsible for polluting Buriganga. The factories have no environmental certificate, also no effluent treatment plant (ETP). Also, there are factories also operating on the north bank of the river.

Following the court order, all of the illegal factories are under investigation.  

Twenty-seven factories in 2017, and 18 factories this year were shut down, the DoE informed the court.

Meanwhile, Wasa on Sunday submitted an undertaking to the High Court through its lawyer Advocate Umme Salma saying that it will seal off all its drains and sewerage lines connected to the Buriganga river and file a progress report every month.    

At the same time, Dhaka Wasa Managing Director Taqsem A Khan offered an unconditional apology to the High Court bench for making an untrue statement about sewerage lines connected to the Buriganga.

The Wasa MD submitted a report to the High Court on December 2 saying there were 67 underground drains and sewerage lines connected to Buriganga river though he had submitted another report to the court on June 18 this year saying there was no such line connected to the Buriganga.

The High Court bench said it will accept the apology of the Wasa MD, and will exonerate him from the case proceedings after six months it the court feels satisfied with Wasa properly implementing its undertaking.

The apology petition of the Wasa MD will be kept in the case record until further order, the High Court bench said.