So, at long last the problem with the central effluent treatment plant (CETP) at Savar tannery estate is going to be over! Reports say that tannery owners at the estate have decided to form a company to operate the CETP. The decision came at a meeting of the tanners with the Prime Minister’s private industry and investment adviser at the industries ministry the other day. It may be noted that following the relocation of tanneries from the capital’s Hazaribagh to Savar more than two years ago, things are still far from satisfactory due mainly to faulty CETP. The CETP at the tannery estate hit snags. It is not a mechanical glitch — not uncommon to the installation of a big waste treatment plant, but something that has to do with the authority’s flawed planning. It was well known that once the tanneries started operating in the relocated site, waste disposal would demand a priority; but delay in setting up a power plant to burn the solid waste as well as produce 5mw of power has caused the most unlikely consequence. In fact, the power plant was of immediate necessity, not only to burn the solid waste but also to facilitate treatment of liquid waste by the CETP before being flashed into the river system. In the absence of a functioning power plant, solid waste of the tanneries is generating severe air pollution in areas surrounding the leather estate, besides affecting the river Dhaleshwari. So, although the move to build the leather estate away from the capital was largely prompted by the hope of saving the Buriganga river, it has now become a threat to the Dhaleshwari.