Industrial Pollution in Bangladesh in Colours and Smells..

In Savar, an industrial suburb of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the site of the deadly Rana Plaza building collapse, many factories do not treat their wastewater, as the purple canal makes clear. The building to the left partly hidden by trees is an elementary school, where the stench of the water sometimes makes the students ill. Credit: Khaled Hasan for The New York Times




Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a textile dyeing factory in Gazipur for polluting the river Turag with untreated toxic effluent.

AMC Knit Composite had been operating without environmental clearance since 2008 in Mohna Bhabanipur, said a DoE press release.

Mohammad Munir Chowdhury, director of DoE, handed down the fine of BDT 3.1 million (EUR 31,000) and said the factory had so far released 9.60 crore litres of effluent into the river and destroyed its aquatic life.

According to the press release, the factory owner undertook to properly install the effluent treatment plant immediately.

The DoE also disconnected gas and electric supplies to Apurba Dyeing and Finishing Mills that had been running illegally at Rupganj in Naraynaganj and polluting the river Shitalakhya for the past 15 years. Apurba Dyeing had been fined BDT 1.84 million (EUR 10,840) earlier on July 24.

In a separate move, the DoE suspended the construction work of a housing project Amin Model Town on 20 acres of land in Savar for not having the necessary land ownership documents.

Md Golam Rabbani, managing director of the project, managed to produce documents of only six acres of land, said the press release.

Attempts were made to contact the said company authorities to have their version but none of them could be reached.

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