Waste management plan for tannery industry still flawed

Tannery waste continues to pollute Hazaribagh in Dhaka. A photograph that New Age published on Wednesday shows how sacrificial animal wastes are dumped by roads at Hazribagh. The unbearable stench from rotting waste made the everyday life of local people difficult. With the relocation of the tanneries to Savar on the capital’s outskit, rawhides are meant not to enter Hazaribagh. Tanners have, however, illegally used the abandoned factories to store rawhides and left excesses in open spaces. This has always been the scenario after each Eid-ul-Adha, when Muslims sacrifice a huge number of animals. The situation could have, therefore, been easily prevented if city authorities had been well prepared to deal with animal wastes during Eid.