Department of Environment (DoE) in Chattogram today sealed off International Tobacco Industries Limited for running operation without environmental clearance certificate.
Mohammad Nurullah Nuri, director of DoE in the port city, led a drive at Chandgaon industrial area and sealed off the company and disconnected its utility services including gas and electricity, our staff correspondent reports.
Nurullah Nuri said the tobacco industry was fined Tk 70 lakh in September for not obtaining clearance certificate.
"We have ordered the company not to run any operation until it obtains the certificate but defying the instruction it has been continuing its operation -- prompting us to launch the drive today," the official said.
Ehasanul Azim, manager of the company, did not receive the call when The Daily Star tried to contact him.
The DoE also fined nine business establishments Tk 4.09 lakh for violating its conditions.