Earlier DoE collected samples from the mills and the action came after it found evidence of pollution
The Department of Environment (DoE) has fined the Asian Paper Mills in Chittagong Tk20 lakh for polluting the environment of the Halda River, the country’s only natural pure carp breeding field.
Regional Director of DoE Mohammad Moazzem Hossain imposed the penalty on Asian Paper Mills after a hearing at the DoE Chittagong office on Monday.
The Director visited the paper mills at Nandirhar of the Hathazari upazila on May 27 and collected some samples. After investigation of the samples, the department issued a notice to the owner of the mills for a hearing.
Officials of the DoE Chittagong office said the Asian Paper Mills was conducting operations keeping its effluent treatment plant (ETP) inoperative.
DoE also asked the mills to make the ETP operation in one month.
The DoE action came after a recent visit of Water Resources Secretary Kabir Bin Anwar to the area when he received complaints from local people about the pollution of Halda River.