HC summons DoE, DG on Buriganga pollution

 It also issued a rule seeking an explanation, within two weeks, as to why inaction of the administration in tackling the river pollution should not be held illegal

  • Polluted water of Buriganga

The High Court yesterday summoned the director general and director of enforcement of the Department of Environment, to appear before it on February 5, over a writ petition lodged to stop the pollution of the Buriganga River.

It also issued a rule seeking an explanation, within two weeks, as to why inaction of the administration in tackling the river pollution should not be held illegal.

The HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Haque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain passed the order in response to the plea of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.

Manzil Murshid, the counsel for the petitioner, told the journalists the court also ordered all concerned authorities to take measures to cease the dumping of garbage at Shampur point of the river within 48 hours and submit a report to the court, within ten days, in this regard.

The bench also ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka District to conduct a mobile court drive every month to take action against the owner and staff of industries responsible for dumping rubbish on the river.

The court further directed the Officer in Charges of Shampur and Ramna police station to regularly monitor the situation. In addition, the High Court ordered the shipping secretary to form a committee comprising officials of BIWTA, environment and industries ministry for an industrial waste management system.

Shipping secretary, Industry secretary, BIWTA chairman and seven others have been made respondents in the writ petition.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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