Bashar Paper Mills fined Tk 30 lakh for pollution

Narayanganj, July 09 (UNB)

A paper mill of Tabalpara of Bandar upazila on Monday was fined Tk 30 lakh for flouting environment rule and polluting Brahmaputra River.

Munir Chowdhury, Director (enforcement) of Department of Environment (DoE), said the DoE fined on Bashar Paper Mills Pvt. Ltd, situated at Tabalpara beside Dhaka-Chittagong highway near Brahmaputra River, for running the mill without obtaining DoE certificate for the last two years.

Moreover, the mill management has not installed an effluent treatment plant (ETP) at the factory to treat liquid chemical waste, the DoE sources said.

They said the mill, which produced 5 tonnes of paper everyday by recycling wastes in the last two years without having an environment certificate, had discharged huge toxic liquid wastes from the factory through a funnel to a canal, a tributary of Brahmaputra River, seriously contaminating the water of the canal and Brahmaputra River for two years.

The general manager of the mill was summoned to DoE office in the city in the afternoon and was fined Tk 3000,000.

The DoE also directed him to stop operation of the factory immediately.

N`ganj paper mill fined Tk 30 lakh for polluting Brahmaputra
Created On:09/07/2012 11:54 PM

Narayanganj, July 09 (UNB) – A paper mill of Tabalpara of Bandar
upazila on Monday was fined Tk 30 lakh for flouting environment rule
and polluting Brahmaputra River.

Munir Chowdhury, Director (enforcement) of Department of Environment
(DoE), said the DoE fined on Bashar Paper Mills Pvt. Ltd, situated at
Tabalpara beside Dhaka-Chittagong highway near Brahmaputra River, for
running the mill without obtaining DoE certificate for the last two
years.

Moreover, the mill management has not installed an effluent treatment
plant (ETP) at the factory to treat liquid chemical waste, DoE
sources said.

They said the mill, which produced 5 tonnes of paper everyday by
recycling wastes in the last two years without having an environment
certificate, had discharged huge toxic liquid wastes from the factory
through a funnel to a canal, a tributary of Brahmaputra River,
seriously contaminating the water of the canal and Brahmaputra River
for two years.

The general manager of the mill was summoned to DoE office in the
city in the afternoon and was fined Tk 3000,000.

The DoE also directed him to stop operation of the factory
immediately.

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