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JS body for relocating tanneries to Savar by Mar

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Staff reporter
Expressing dissatisfaction over the delaying process, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industries Min-istry asked the Hazaribagh tannery owners on Wednesday to relocate their tanneries to Savar by March, 2015.
The committee expressed dissatisfaction saying that the tanneries could not yet be relocated though all sorts of facilities, including a 205-acre leather estate at Savar, has been allocated for tanneries.
The parliamentary watchdog came up with the suggestion at its 2nd meeting held at the Parliament Secretariat with its chairman Omar Faruk Chowhdury in the chair.
Amid the growing environmental concern, the government took up the Tannery Estate project in 2003 for im-plementing it by 2005, but the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) under the Indus-tries Ministry could not yet fully implement it though over a decade has passed by.
The Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) and Dumping Yard at the Tannery Estate are now under construction, while the construction of CETP is scheduled to be completed by March 2015.
A total of 205 industrial plots were allocated to 155 tanneries to be relocated from Dhaka’s Hazaribagh to the Tannery Estate at Savar.
At the meeting, the activities of Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) and recent media report on alleged corruption in the corporation came up for discussion, said a source at the committee.
The parliamentary body suggested the BCIC authorities to take necessary steps to curb irregularities by CBA leaders.
Committee members Dr Abdur Razzak, Habibur Rahman Mollah, MA Maleque, Rahim Ullah and Fatema Tuz-zahura attended the meeting.
The Industries Secretary, the BCIC Chairman and other high officials from the ministry and the Parliament Secretariat were present at the meeting.