They use chromium salts, acids and other toxins to treat hides that go on to China, India and beyond, sending some , cubic feet of wastewater flowing into the Buriganga. Thousands work in the tanneries, where school children pick up scraps before moving onto more dangerous tasks like dipping hides in acid. Many do so without gloves or even shoes, making skin and respiratory ailments common. It is unforgiving work; by one estimate , 90 percent of tannery workers die before age Chowdhury grew up in England, but his parents are Bangladeshi.
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Home Bangladesh - Assistance with preparation for tannery relocation from Hazaribagh to Savar Quality and clean sustainable production is no longer a choise but a strategy requirement for a survival for the leather manufacturers.
This is also a reason for long planned and eagerly awaited tannery relocation to new Savar site. Leather industry provides directly and indirectly approximately 45, jobs. Network of tanneries and leather product manufacturing units forming the leather cluster Hazaribagh has developed during last decades without proper planning and control. Therefore the Hazaribagh district is probably most congested overcrowded and polluted part of Dhaka city.
Relocation of all tanneries from Hazaribagh implemented by BSCIC to a properly designed and controlled new industrial estate in Savar is practically the only feasible solution offering safe, yet economic conditions for maintaining this important business, keep several dozen thousands of labour employed and earning much needed for the national economy export revenue. Based on UNIDO experience with pollution control in the leather industry during a preparatory assistance in prepared survey and recommendations on tannery relocation of tanneries from Hazaribagh to Savar and establishing of the pollution control system.
UNIDO have provided advise to guide both public and private sector counterparts on technically correct, feasible and practical methods for relocating the tanning industry from Hazaribagh to the new Tannery Estate Dhaka TED Savar. Relocation offers opportunities for the modernisation of the tanneries in the region, particularly when it comes to environmental control.
The development of Savar should be much more than a relocation of the industry from Hazaribagh: it offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to place the entire export-oriented leather industry in Bangladesh firmly on the world map. This development will not happen alone and similarly as even for modern car you need driving licence also to operate tannery in 21st centaury you need to have up to date technology but mainly capable and well trained managers, technicians and operators.
It is hoped that also thanks to the support provided to Bangladeshi leather producers by various organizations would result in improved environment and working conditions. Recent news and agreement regarding long awaited agreement between MoI and leather associations is positive development not only for Bangladesh but also for the whole leather sector.
It is hoped that also UNIDO s effort will contribute to the goal to provide working opportunities in modern leather industrial park.
Inside Bangladesh's Polluted, Billion-Dollar Leather Industry
Government Stalls on Cleanup as Workers, Residents Suffer Summary Jahaj, 17, has worked in a factory where animal hides are tanned in Hazaribagh, a combined residential and industrial neighborhood of Dhaka, since he was Around 50 other people work in the tannery, including a seven and an eight-year-old, who are employed nailing hides out to dry. The tannery pits are four-meter square tanks that hold hides and many of the diluted chemicals used to cure them. Jahaj particularly dislikes working there. We get inside, take the hides with our hands and throw them outside the pit.
Held at Drik Gallery, the launching of the exhibition was piggybacked with a daylong seminar on the same theme. Leather Industry: Environmental Pollution and Mitigation Measures The tannery industry in Hazaribagh, a densely populated area in Dhaka city, is a fitting example of how industrial wastes in some instances can be dangerous and disastrous. The physical look and smell of the area is frightening and annoying. Trimmed leather, pieces of flash from cow and buffalo hides, hair, liquid and solid wastes generated at different stages of production are spread and piled all over Hazaribagh in large quantities. Liquid waste makes its way on the other side of the embankment round the clock. This liquid waste ultimately goes into the water of the Buriganga River and causes immense harm to the fish and other species in water.