The power plant of Chattogram responsible for releasing untreated furnace oil to a nearby water body that connects to the Halda river was fined Tk 20 lakh today for damaging the environment.
The Department of Environment (DoE) in Chattogram also asked the Hathazari 100 MW Picking Power Plant to halt its production until it builds an Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) of its own, our correspondent reports quoting Azadur Rahman Mollik, director of the DoE.
The power plant released the untreated substance in Morachora streams which is connected to Halda River on the night of July 7 during heavy rain, a team of DoE found upon investigation.
Hathazari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Ruhul Amin had told The Daily Star that the power plant has been in such practice for long.
The plant authorities have no ETP (effluent treatment plant) to treat the burnt furnace oil. So, they used to release those substance whenever heavy rainfall occurs, the UNO had said.
Professor Manzoorul Kibria, an eminent Halda researcher, also backed the UNO’s claims.