Month: June 2018

Tannery: A troubling tale

On May 2, Mahabub Hossain was working at a rawhide processing plant in the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate in Hemayetpur. He was pickling (a method of preparing hides for tanning by immersing in a salt solution) rawhide in a tank, where it is processed in a mixture of chemicals. Suddenly, the 50-year-old felt sick and…

First the Buriganga, now the Dhaleshwari

It is condemnable that solid waste from Savar Tannery Industrial Estate is seeping into Dhaleshwari river because a breach has developed in the embankment of the pond which is being used by the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) in the estate as a temporary dumping station. Reportedly, after the tannery estate was set up in…

UNIDO and Bangladesh sign country programme for sustainable industrial development

The Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) signed a Country Programme (2018-2020) today at the Economic Relations Division (ERD). The Country Programme (CP) will enhance UNIDO’s support to the Government in the design, development and implementation of a road map towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development…

Dhaleshwari in danger

A breach in the embankment of a pond, used by the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) for dumping solid waste generated by the Tannery Industrial Estate, is likely worsening the pollution levels in the Dhaleshwari river in Savar. The river had already seen increased pollution levels ever since the estate was set up near the…