DHAKA, April 9, 2017 (BSS) - The apex court today waived Taka 30.85 crore outstanding fine of 154 tanneries located in capital's Hazaribagh area, asking them to deposit Taka 50,000 each within next 15 days.
A four-member Appellate Division panel headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order, asking the tannery owners to deposit the money to Ministry of Labour and Employment.
The apex court has ordered the ministry to spend the money for the rehabilitation and welfare of the laborers of the factories which will be relocated from Hazaribagh to Savar.
The court also asked the government to give utility connections to factories in Savar within 15 days of application.
The Appellate Division passed the order, disposing of an appeal to stay the High Court order of paying Taka 30.85 crore fine and reviewing SC order to pay Taka 10,000 by each tanner per day, to compensate the damage they have done to the environment, until they relocate their factories to Savar.
Bangladesh Tanners Association and Bangladesh Finished Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters' Association (BFLGFA) had filed the appeal.
The High Court on March 6 had ordered the government to close down all the tanneries operating in Hazaribagh area, cutting off their electricity, gas and water lines.
The Appellate Division on March 30 ordered owners of the tanneries located in Hazaribagh area to 'close down' their businesses by April 6.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)