Asian Paper Mills fined Tk 20 lac for polluting Halda

Department of Environment (DoE) on Monday fined the Asian Paper Mills in Chattogram Tk 20 lakh for polluting the environment of the Halda River, country’s only natural pure carp breeding field, reports BSS.

Regional Director of DoE Mohammad Moazzem Hossain imposed the penalty on Asian Paper Mills after a hearing at DOE Chattogram office.

DoE Director visited the paper mills at Nandirhar of Hathazari Upazila om May 27, 2019 and collected some samples. After investigation of the samples the DoE issued notice on owner of the mills for a hearing.

Officials of the DoE Chittagong office said the Asian Paper Mills was conducting operation keeping its effluent treatment plant (ETP) inoperative. DoE also asked the mills to make the ETP operation by one month.

The DoE action came after a recent visit of water resources secretary Kabir Bin Anwar in the area when he received complaints from local people about the pollution of Halda River.