BSCIC serves legal notice on 28 tannery owners asking them to shift to Savar

The Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) has ordered 28 tanneries located in Dhaka’s Hazaribagh to relocate to Savar’s Leather Industrial City within 72 hours.

Shahidul Islam, a lawyer for the BSCIC that runs the project on the outskirts of the capital, sent the legal notices to the tannery owners on Wednesday.

The notices were delivered after Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu earlier in the day warned that tanneries failing to relocate will lose their licences by Wednesday.

The relocation at Savar’s Hemayetpur had been planned several years ago to reduce pollution in Dhaka, but many tannery owners had refused to budge.

On Jan 10, the minister threatened to shut down units that refused to move out in 72 hours and to revoke orders allotting them plots at Savar.

Amu had also directed BSCIC to send notices to the tannery owners, ordering them to shift their establishments. The corporation acted two days after the minister’s order.

Lawyer Islam told that 155 industrial plots had been allotted to individuals and firms at the Leather Industrial City at Savar.

“Some of them have taken the initiative to move, but the owners of 28 tanneries have made no effort to move. So, as a first step, we have sent them legal notices.”

The establishments which have been sent notices are: Chandpur Tannery, Capital Tannery, Aleya Tannery, Aziz Tannery, Bhuiyan Tannery, Sonali Tannery, Leather Industries of Bangladesh Limited, Ruby Leather Complex Private Limited, Yusuf Leather Corporation, Yusuf Tannery Limited, Pioneer Tannery Limited, Kamala Tannery Private Limited, Jindabad Tannery, Mukti Tannery, Shahi Tannery, Nazrul Tannery, Rashni Complex, Helena Enterprise, Hossain Brothers, Ibrahim Leather, International Tannery, Kader Leather Complex, HS Tannery, Golden Leather Industries, Dhaka Tannery Limited, Delta Leather Complex, City Leather Tannery and Chowdhury Leather and Co.

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