The High Court has ordered to shut down all tanneries in Dhaka’s Hazaribagh and asked the government to cut off their power, gas and water connections.
The bench of Justices Syed Refat Ahmed and Mohammed Selim passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (BELA).
It asked the director-general of the Department of Environment to ensure all the tanneries at Hazaribagh are shut down immediately. The home secretary, industries secretary, Bangladesh police chief and Dhaka Metropolitan Police chief have been asked to extend all necessary cooperation for shutting down the tanneries.
The High Court has earlier order relocation of the 154 tanneries at Hazaribagh to the new leather complex at Savar.
But most tanneries have not shifted out, despite repeated extension of deadlines.
After that, the High Court imposed a daily fine on those tanneries who have not relocated, citing damage they were causing to the environment.
The government failed to move the tanneries to Savar despite fixing Mar 31 last year as the deadline.
That promoted BELA’s chief executive Syeda Rizwana Hassan to file a petition on Jan 3.
Fida M Kamal, Syeda Rizwana Hassan and Mizanul Huq Chowdhury conducted the hearing on behalf of BELA.