Thursday, 29 September, 2022

‘106 individuals, orgs involved in Bhairab River pollution’

Benapole: One hundred and six individuals and organisations are involved in pollution of Bhairab River in Jashore, according to Jashore Water Development Board.

Among them, 74 individuals and five institutions have no septic tanks.  Their toilet waste is being dumped directly into the river.

Besides, 13 hospitals and diagnostic centres do not have any septic tanks inside. The sewage lines of these institutions are directly connected to the river. Even, the pathological waste of those institutions is being dumped into the river.

Apart from these, garbage is coming into Bhairab River through 14 municipal drains. These individuals and organisations are being given notices by the Department of Environment.

Legal action will be taken against the listed persons and institutions if they do not take necessary steps to stop the pollution within the specified period.

This decision was taken at the district development coordination committee meeting at Jashore Collectorate meeting room on Friday.

Deputy Commissioner of Jashore Tamizul Islam Khan presided over the meeting.

The pollution of Bhairab River was discussed in the Law and Order Committee meeting last June. In the discussion, it came up that the water of the river is being polluted by dead animals and their waste dumped into the river after evening.

 President of Jashore Press Club Zahid Hasan Tukun. Executive Engineer of Water Development Board Jashore Tawhidul Islam and Deputy Director of the Department of Environment, Jashore Syed Anwar, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Those involved in the Bhairab River pollution include Abdullah Al Amin's Asim Diagnostic Center in front of the Jashore General Hospital, Rajab Ali Sardar's Popular and Labzone Diagnostic Center, Dr Atiqur Rahman's King's Hospital, Ekta Hospital on Ghop Nawapara Road, Renaissance Hospital, Bachchu Mia's Asim Diagnostic Centre, Muktijoddha Nurul Alam's Scan Hospital, Doctor Ghulam Farooq's Orthopedics Hospital and Popular Lab Zone and Desh Clinic, Mumtaz's Scan and Unique Hospital.

Ekota Hospital Director Sirajul Islam Mohan said the report is fabricated and untrue.  Their institution has its own septic tank.  In addition, the pathological waste of their hospital is transported by an organization called Prism Bangladesh.