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Hazaribagh tanneries must move by Dec 30 : Amu

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Situated in the southwest part of Dhaka South City Corporation, it is famous for being one of the top ten most polluted locations in the world.

With miserable streets, outdated waste management coupled with poor drainage and sewerage systems, Hazaribagh tannery industry has become a scourge on the face of Dhaka, where environmental hazards have made it unlivable.

For several decades residents of Hazaribagh and Jigatola, have been suffering from severe environmental hazards generated by the tannery factories.

During monsoon season, resident has been suffering from various agonizing skin diseases owing to the effect of toxic tannery water. The sewers of the area are always overflowing with tannery garbage, which often floods the streets and houses, engulfing the area with an unbearable stench and more importantly causing health hazards.

Efforts to move these tanneries have been ongoing since 2001 when Bangladesh High Court ordered the government to move the tanneries from Hazaribagh within two years. This deadline was later extended, to February 2010, which again was extended by another six months on October 30, 2010. The tannery owners were given six months to locate to new premises at Savar.

Finally after 15 long years, earlier this year 16th June High Court started to fine 154 tannery owners, ৳50,000 per day for damaging the environment. which was reduced to ৳10,000 per day on appeal to the Supreme Court on 18th July.

After so many years, Commerce Minister Amir Hossain Amu, while visiting the Savar Leather Industrial Park, where he was accompanied by Industries Ministry Secretary Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan and a team of local tannery owners, finally has set a firm date of December 30th 2016 as the final date for relocation, for all those who are yet to move out from Hazaribagh.

Failing to do so, will mean errant establishment will lose all sorts of utility services including gas and electricity supplies. Those who have not started the relocation process will have their contracts terminated and face legal actions including eviction drives.

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