Dhaka, Mar 20: The government on Sunday decided no rawhide will be allowed to enter into city’s Hazaribagh from April 1.
The decision was taken at an inter-ministerial meeting on to protect the city rivers—Buriganga, Shitlakhya, Balu and Turag from pollution held at the secretariat with shipping minister Shajahan Khan in the chair.
“Industrial effluents are the major causes to pollute the rivers, which contributes 60 per cent. Of them, 40 per cent wastes contribute to pollute the city rivers from tannery wastes,” Shajahan Khan told reporters after the meeting.
He said, they must have to shift their factories to Savar Tannery village by March 31 as per industry ministry’s stipulated time to prevent river pollution from Hazaribagh’s tannery wastes.
“A ‘crash programme’ would be taken to protect Buriganga, Shitlakhya, Balu and Turag from pollution. The shipping ministry will play role as lead ministry. A coordinated initiative would be taken maintaining coordination among ministries and department in this regard,” Shajahan Khan said.
He further said that the meeting also decided to strengthen the enforcement and awareness against encroachment of rivers and prevention of river pollution.
“Bangladesh Navy will prepare a concept paper on the encroachment of rivers and pollution within a month. The next course of action would be taken as per concept paper,” the shipping minister said.
Among others, principal secretary of the prime minister’s office Abul Kalam Azad, Bangladesh Navy chief vice-admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed, secretary of the water resources ministry Zafar Ahmed Khan, and shipping ministry secretary Ashok Madhab Roy attended the meeting.