Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | ePaper

Restore utility services

Reopen Hazaribagh factories: Tanners

  • Print


Tanners on Thursday demanded that they be allowed to reopen their tanneries in the city's Hazaribagh area if the utility services cannot be provided to their factories at Savar Tannery Estate within the 15-day timeline given by the High Court.
"Electricity, gas and water connections to our Hazaribagh factories should be restored if the BSCIC (Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation) fail to provide the utility connections at Savar within the 15 working days as per the High Court's order," said chairman of Bangladesh Tanners' Association Shaheen Ahmed at a views-exchange programme in the city's Dhanmondhi area.
Chamra Shilpa Rakkha Oikya Parishad, a newly-formed platform to protect the leather industry, arranged the programme in cooperation with Leather Chemical Businessman Cooperatives Ltd and Bangladesh Chemical Importers and Merchants Association.
Shaheen Ahmed, also co-chairman of Chamra Shilpa Rakkha Oikya Parishad said a quarter has become active to destroy the leather industry for implementing their special agenda. "Today, we're the victims of a conspiracy," he said.
He said the announcement of stopping rawhide supply to Hazarbagh came just before the Hong Kong Leather Fair 2016 resulting in the loss of purchase orders worth Tk 5,000-Tk 6,000 crore.
The utility services to Hazaribagh tanneries were snapped at a time when the Hong Kong Fair 2017 started. "We've lost our market and purchase orders in the process," he said.
The BTA chairman said the BSCIC is fully responsible for the damage to the leather sector as it failed to make the Savar Tannery Estate ready.
He alleged that the drainage system at Savar is not environment-friendly one, while the construction of Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) and Dumping Yard are yet to be completed.
"We're moving to Savar from Hazaribagh to stop polluting the environment. But, the question is whether the Tannery Estate has been made an environment-friendly one at all," Shaheen said.
He said they would no longer compromise with BSCIC, and take to streets to wage a movement next month and move the court to challenge BSCIC, he added.
President of Leather Chemical Businessman Cooperatives Ltd Morshed Haider claimed that CETP has not been constructed properly at Savar as it fails to fully neutralise tannery chemicals.
President of Bangladesh Chemical Importers and Merchants Association Mizanur Rahman Misbah demanded allocation of plots for leather chemical businessmen at Savar saying that setting up of chemical labs in a scattered manner will pollute the environment.
Senior vice-president of Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association Diljahan Bhuiyan alleged that tannery effluents will now pollute the Dhaleshwari River as the Savar Estate's CETP of cannot treat chemical properly.
"The tannery sector has already suffered a loss of Tk 2,000 crore due to the relocation process," he claimed.
BFLLFEA Vice-President Abdul Awal Nannu said the recent shutdown of Hazaribagh tanneries would have a severe adverse impact on shoe business at the domestic market.
The tanners said BSCIC had assured them of acquiring more than 200 acres of land there, but the process is very slow.
In compliance with a High Court order, the Department of Environment (DoE) on April 8 last disconnected utility services to 224 tanneries at Hazaribagh as they missed several deadlines to relocate their factories to the Savar Tannery Estate.

More News For this Category

Suicide bomber kills 22, hurts 59 in Manchester concert

Suicide bomber kills 22, hurts 59 in Manchester concert

Reuters, Manchester :A suicide bomber killed at least 22 people and wounded 59 at a packed concert hall in the English city of Manchester in what Prime Minister Theresa

Heat wave costs a life

Heat wave costs a life

Staff Reporter :The blistering temperatures that persisted across the country for the last few days has crippled normal life, with the highest 37.8 degrees Celsius recorded in Jessore on Tuesday.Water

Muslim Council of Britain condemns attack

The Sun :THE Manchester suicide bombing has been condemned as "horrific" and "criminal" by the Muslim Council of Britain.At least 22 people, including children, were killed and 59 injured after

IS claims responsibility

Reuters, Cairo :Islamic State claimed responsibility for Monday's deadly attack at the Manchester Arena and said it was carried out with an explosive device planted at the concert, according to

Trump denounces attack by `evil losers`

Reuters, Bethlehem :U.S. President Donald Trump extended his condolences on Tuesday to the victims of the Manchester suicide bombing that killed 22 people and said those behind the attack were

No respite from power crisis soon

Anisul Islam Noor :Acute shortage of electricity across the country is unlikely to be bridged soon as the generation and distribution are in trouble following a grid tower collapsed early

Patients made to suffer

Staff Reporter  :Patients suffered immensely as doctors kept their private chambers closed across the country on Tuesday protesting assault on doctors and vandalism at the Central Hospital in the city

SC imposes ban on 17 judges` foreign travel

Court Correspondent : The Supreme Court administration on Monday imposed a ban on 17 judges to travel Australia, Indonesia, Saudi Arab and Thailand as the Government issued notification for their travel

Hasina shocked

banglanews24.com :Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep shock at the Monday's suicidal attack in Manchester of the UK that killed at least 22 people, including children.Sheikh Hasina, who is

Khaleda condemns

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday said those who kill innocent people by hurling bombs are not only coward, but also the enemies of mankind.In a statement, Khaleda said, "Terrorists