The latest relocation deadline to tanneries at Hazaribagh expired today. Police are trying to curb rawhide supply into the factories as tanners have, once again, ignored a government deadline.
Bangladesh government tried repeatedly to relocate the tanners from the area, but failed. The latest attempt was a March 31 deadline set during an inter-ministerial meeting on March 20.
“This morning, police turned away two truckloads of rawhide supply at the Beri Bandh entry point,” Mir Alimuzzaman, officer-in-charge of Hazaribagh Police Station, told The Daily Star.
According to him, police teams have been deployed at the four entry points to Hazaribagh – upon instruction of the government – to prevent entry of rawhide into the area.
“The obstruction will continue as long as the government order will prevail,” he said.
There are some 195 tanneries at Hazaribagh – blamed for pouring thousands of litres of untreated and highly toxic liquid waste into the Buriganga River every day, posing a serious risk to human and animal health.