Dyeing factories without ETP to face action

DHAKA, Feb 1, 2017 (BSS) - Production in dyeing factories would not be allowed without Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) to stop pollution in rivers including the Buriganga in and around the capital.

Speaking at a function here today, Deputy Minister for Environment and Forest Abdullah Al Islam Jacob said that action would be taken against those who are continuing production in dyeing factories without setting up ETP plants.

"We want to make an environment friendly country free from pollution," he told reporters while conducting a mobile court at Keraniganj this afternoon.

Jacob said there were no ETP plants at many washing and dyeing factories at Keraniganj and brickfield owners were not abiding by laws of the land. Three brick fields and a number of washing and dyeing factories have already been closed down for violating the laws.

The deputy minister was there with two magistrates at Tegoria, Kadamtoli and Aganagar in South Keraniganj as the mobile court asked owners of NBM Bricks, Diamond Bricks and JPN Bricks to stop production and sealed off those plants.

Later, a number of dying factories including Ahmed washing, Bismillah washing, Sayma washing and Global washing have been sealed off and their electricity connection was cut off.

Department of Environment (DoE) director M Alamgir, UNO of Keraniganj Abul Basar M Fakruzzaman, upazila forest official Mosharaf Hossain and DoE inspector Mihir Lal Sarkar were present.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)