The Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) built at a cost of Tk 521 crore by BSCIC in the leather industry town of Savar is not able to treat the waste properly. It does not have salt refining system. Chromium, a deadly chemical, cannot be recycled.
This figure has come up in the documents of the Dhaka Tannery Industrial Estate Waste Treatment Plant Company established for the management of CETP.
This document on the pollution control action plan in the leather industry city has mentioned various problems in the treatment of waste in the industrial city.
Dhaka Tannery Industrial Estate Waste Treatment Plant Company submitted this action plan to the Department of Environment last Monday (September 20, 2021). It talks about short, medium and long term measures to control pollution. The company says it is possible to create an industrial park that will fulfill everyone’s dreams in the next five years. In this case, the cooperation of the owner of the tannery and everyone involved in the industry is needed.
However, 18 years have been spent from 2003 to June 2021 to implement the Leather Industry City project. The Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) announced the completion of the project last June. It was decided to hand over the management of CETP to Tannery Industrial Estate Waste Treatment Plant Company. The board of directors of this company consists of BSCIC and Tannery owners. Its chairman post is reserved for the chairman of BSCIC.
Meanwhile, BSCIC is now taking another project with the name of the second phase of the leather industry city. It calls for the creation of another international standard central waste treatment plant in European technology.
Syeda Rizwana Hasan, chief executive of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), said, ‘We have been hearing for a decade that the leather industry city will be made of international standard. As a result, I don’t want to hear new assurances. ”She said the leather industry would not be polluted at all, and if it could not be ensured within the next two months, the industrial city should be shut down.