Green activists on Sunday urged the government to take immediate steps for removing the chemical warehouses and shops from Old Dhaka as residents of the area have been living amid great risks .
Sixteen environmental organisations, including Poribesh Banchao Andolon (Poba) came up with the call at a human chain programme, marking the 8th anniversary of Nimtoli tragedy.
They said that chemical factories and warehouses do not have their own fire-extinguishing system and fire service vehicles cannot reach the accident spot due to narrow roads of the area.
POBA Chairman Abu Naser Khan alleged that in the last eight years there was no attempt to remove illegal chemical factories from old Dhaka.
He said Bangladesh Environment Protection Act, 1995 does not permit any chemical factory or warehouse in residential areas but at least 850 chemical factories are operating in the area illegally.
General secretary of Poba Engineer Md Abdus Sobhan, general secretary of Nagorik Odhikar Sangrakhan Forum Tayeb Ali and Councilor of Word no. 33 of Dhaka South City Corporation Haji Abdul Awal also addressed the programme.