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Two Chittagong textile mills fined for polluting river
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May '11
Recently, in two different drives, the Department of Environment (DoE) charged two textile units in Chittagong for polluting water of Karnaphuli river and imposed a penalty.

The drives were carried out at Kalurghat heavy industrial area by the DoE enforcement team. During the course of action, two textile units were found emitting its effluent in the river.

The team examined the samples of the discharged effluents at one of the units, where the liquid oxygen level was found to be 3.0 mg/litre as against 4.0 mg/litre specified under the Environment Protection Act.

Besides, the Total Dissolved Solid (TDS) too was found to be much higher at 3340 mg/litre against set norms of maximum 2100 mg/litre, while the Ph level of the water was 9.68.

Later on, the team even carried out a similar drive in a neighbouring textile mill. This mill too was found emitting toxic effluents in the river.

It was discovered that, the unit was operating without any Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) and had even not obtained a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the DoE.

The mill was charged for contaminating the environment and has been closed down temporarily. Also, a penalty of Tk 2.8 million was levied, with a direction to the authorities to immediately install an ETP.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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