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Government moves to close down tanning estate

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry has taken steps to implement a recommendation by JS on closing down the Savar tannery. At a meeting held on August 23, the parliamentary standing committee for the ministry recommended closing down the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate at Hemayetpur (STIE), because it doesn't have sufficient facilities to handle the liquid waste produced by the tanners who live there. The ministry released a statement on September 11 that the chairman of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation was asked to explain why the STIE should be kept open as per the recommendation of the parliamentary standing commission. Ashraf Uddin (director general of the Department of Environment), signed the letter on September 9, 2021. The Jatiya Sangsad Committee stated that the STIE can treat approximately 25,000 cubic metres liquid waste per day, while the tanners produce around 40,000 cubic meters each day. This means that 15,000 cubic metres worth of wast