Sunday, September 12, 2010

152 industries wreaking havoc in Turag River, Dhaka, Bangladesh

152 industries wreaking havoc in Turag River, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Villagers along polluted Turag moving to safer places. Indiscriminate discharge of liquid waste by the industries in and around Konabari industrial zone has ruined a large part of the Turag river and Baimail jheel, causing immense suffering to residents living on the banks. Industrial liquid waste and black smog created by brick kilns have dubled the suffering and compelled many to move their houses. Locals say brick kilns have left their fruit trees unproductive, while industrial waste exterminated fish in the river and nearby water bodies, increased mosquitoes, and made croplands infertile. Bangladesh government established the Konabari Bangladesh small and cottage industries Corporation( Bscic ) industrial area in early 1980 to promote and and expand small and cottage indutries, Since then industries are polluting surrounding environment despite getting different facility packages from the government. Recently, the Bscic authority have made a list of 152 polluter Industries that include 56 dyeing and Textile industries, 50 chemicals and pharmaceutical , nine food processing and 37 other engineering industries, None of these industries has installed an effluent treatment Plant ( ETP ) The Basic provided the industrialist with land in subsidised price along with many other facilities, But most of the industries are paying back indiscrimnately polluting the environment. Since the begining the government was providing tax holiday for five years and no import duty and Vat for capital Mechinery for these polluters. Stincky blackish water was seen flowing in the Turg river as liquid waste falls in the river directly from the industries. Massive suffering of the people was witnessed during visits to the surrounding villages including Baimail, Kodda,Kashimpur, and Konabari, Besides industiral waste, dust from the brick kilns aroundadds to the suffering of the local inhabitants. We cannot use the river water in anyway. Even we can not take bath there, Besides dust from the brick kilns in also causing much suffering to us. says Bailmail villagers. Just 12 years ago the Turag and Baimail jheel had a veriety of fish. Now no fish can survive here.The industry waste has spoiled everything. Villagers from kashempur  say it is a big problem for them to collect water from tube wells for bathing, washing, and drinking. For the last few years we are not getting fruits, coconut, banana, mango from the trees, if I wash my hand in the river waters it stinks like Kerosene, their corrugated Tin made houses are being demaged with in to three years due to dust frombrick kilns.

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