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Absence of gas, water, sewerage facilities in Savar

Owners in trouble with raw hide

ANISUR RAHMAN KHAN
Owners in trouble with raw hide
This photo taken yesterday shows machines installed at a tannery in Savar Tannery Industrial Estate lie idle without the necessary gas and electricity connections. The government, however, has set a deadline for tanneries in the capital’s Hazaribag to shift to Savar. Independent Photo

Despite setting up processing machines at the Savar Tannery Industrial City and sending raw hides there, some tanneries are yet to start work because gas, water and sewerage facilities have not been made available. Besides, there has been no work on the central effluent treatment plant (CETP) for the last two months, sources said. The Chinese company entrusted with the job has stopped the work due to a conflict with the CETP project authorities. Pipelines for untreated and treated wastes have not been laid, the sources added. The Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) authorities are yet to complete the drainage system and other necessary support systems, including the CETP, even after a decade. For the first time, Reliance Tannery Limited has sent 2,000 pieces of raw hide and skin to the Savar Tannery Industrial City, after the ban on raw hides in Hazaribagh came into force on April 1. But it is now facing problems with the raw hides, Shahjahan Miah, managing director of the tannery, told The Independent “We are constructing a facility for dumping wastes and chemical water. It will take another 5-7 days. After that, the authorities will allow us to begin work,” he said in reply to a query.
At least 20 units, including Apex Tannery Limited, Al Median Leather, Azmeri Leather, Dhaka Tannery Ltd, Mokka Modina Leather Complex and Reliance Leather have completed a major part of the construction work and set up raw hide processing machines at Savar. It is said that these companies could not start work as they are yet to get gas, electricity and water connections. “I’ve not yet got gas connection. The CETP is not fully complete. The government is putting pressure on us, but it is doing the work at a slow pace,” Shahjahan Miah told this correspondent. “Tannery wastes are to be treated at three units of the CETP. But the authorities are yet to complete a single unit,” Shaid Ullah, owner of Azmeri Leather, told The Independent. He said that although he had set up machinery, he couldn’t start work as the CETP was not complete. “I have set up machinery, but the authorities are yet to provide gas, water and electricity connections for my tannery,” Kamrul Huda (Razib), executive member of Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA) told this correspondent. “Water, gas and electricity are available, but the tannery owners have to take connections from the main line,” Abdul Qaiyum, project director of the Savar Tannery Industrial City, told this correspondent. “They are just making excuses and delaying the shifting to Savar. The effluent treatment plant is also ready,” he added.  Work on the CETP at the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate is still continuing, while 56 tannery owners have only constructed 1-5 storied structures with only the top cover. There are no walls or machinery and other paraphernalia inside. The other tannery owners have just begun construction work or only demarcated their plots with boundary walls. This is the present state of the tannery village, where 205 tanneries are to be shifted from Hazaribagh to save the Burignaga river from being polluted by untreated chemical wastes discharged by the tanneries.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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