Leather Industrial Park at Savar: Non-compliance still the biggest hurdle

Tanneries relocated to Savar Leather Industrial Park, built on 200 acres of land, continue to be a source of pollution due mainly to the delayed implementation of central effluent treatment plant (CETP) and lack of a dumping station. Under pressure from local and global rights group and foreign buyers of Bangladeshi leather goods, the government one and a half decades ago took initiatives to relocate tanneries from Hazaribag in the capital to Savar.  The move was aimed at making the country’s billion-dollar industry compliant and environment-friendly, saving the Burganga river from pollution caused by toxic chemicals discharged from the Hazaribagh-based tanneries.