Tannery owners have agreed in principle to form a company by the end of this month to run the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) at Savar Leather Estate.
They made the decision on Wednesday after a meeting with industries minister and an adviser to the Prime Minister at the Ministry of Industries in the city.Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun presided over the meeting which was also attended, among others, by Salman F Rahman, the private industry and investment adviser to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
State Minister for Industries Kamal Ahmed Majumder, BSCIC Chairman Md Mustaq Hasan, LFMEAB chairman Md Saiful Islam, BFLLFEA chairman Mohiuddin Ahmed Mahin, BTA Chairman Shahin Ahmed and top tannery owners were also present at the meeting.
Most of the tannery owners attended the meeting expressed dissatisfaction over the slow pace of CETP construction in Savar tannery estate.
Although there is some lacking in CETP construction process, officials and experts attended the meeting said that it can be solved easily. If the constructors of CETP bring some changes in solid and liquid waste management, it is possible to get hundred percent advantage of CETP, they opined.
Tannery owners at the meeting stressed the need for proper waste dumping following landfill design for solid waste management of the estate and introducing chrome separation unit for liquid waste management.
If tannery industry enable to utilize central treatment plant and becomes fully compliant globally, country’ can become the third highest exporting nation in South Asia from the current seventh position, said the discussants.During the meeting, Industries Minister said the government has successfully relocated tannery units from Hazaribagh to Savar. Government has done its part and now tannery owners have to take responsibility of running this leather estate smoothly.