The tannery owners, who have had to move from Hazaribag to the new Tannery Industrial Estate at Savar, recently called upon the Government to increase the existing fund to meet the operating cost for effectively running the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP).
Chairman of the Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA) Md. Shahin Ahmed said although Dhaka Tannery Industrial Estate Waste Treatment Plant Company Limited has been established comprising tannery owners and officials of the concerned agency to successfully run the CETP, it is yet to decide on how the fund of this company would be enhanced to meet the operating cost of this company.
This he said at a dialogue organised jointly by the BTA and The Asia Foundation held in Dhaka on the issue of how to successfully run the Dhaka Tannery Industrial Estate Waste Treatment Plant Company Limited, which was attended by BTA Chairman Md. Shahin Ahmed, The Asia Foundation Country Representative Kazi Faisal Bin Siraj, Saver Tannery Industrial Estate project director Jitendra Nath Pal, Asia Foundation Director Sadat S. Shibli, Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation Chairman Md. Mustaq Hasan, among others.
The tannery owners said that the Government has kept an allocation of Taka 30 crore for operating the CETP in the first year, but the overall cost for operating the CETP including utility services, machinery and other electrical equipment and their maintenance would stand at Taka 105 crore at the end of the year for which there is a need to increase the fund.
BSCIC Chairman Md. Mustaq Hasan said the Government may increase the fund of the company for meeting the operating cost of CETP if it is deemed necessary, but the industries at the tannery estate would have to be compliant fully to avail waste treatment facilities.