Health Desk-28 Oct, 2019: Department of Environment Sunday fined owner of an oil tanker Tk 3 crore for polluting the environment by spilling oil in Karnaphuli River.
On Friday, oil tanker “Desh-1”, which carried fuel for power stations, developed a leak following collision with a lighter vessel,“City-38”, at Dolphin Jetty-3 of the river. Around 10 tonnes of oil spilled in the river.
CPA in a clean-up operation removed the oil from the river, using four vessels and two boats, said officials.
Owners of both Desh-1 and City-38 appeared at the DoE, Chattogram office for a hearing, said Azadur Rahman Mallick, director of DoE (Chattogram metropolitan area). The oil tanker owner has been instructed to pay the fine immediately, he said.
In another hearing, DoE fined Super Knitting and Dyeing Industries Limited at Nasirabad in the city Tk 5.12 lakh for damaging the environment through discharging effluents into waterbody, he said.
DoE also fined Smart Group Limited Tk 6.40 lakh for razing hill in Fatehabad Thandachhari area in Hathazari.
On Sunday, DoE fined Samabay Abasik Private Limited Tk 2.05 lakh in West Sholashahar area and Epic Development Limited Tk 96,000 in Perceval Hill area of Chawkbazar over similar offence. DoE also fined CSS Corporation Limited Tk 2.40 lakh over air pollution.