Con­trol­ling Pol­lu­tion

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

The Na­tional Board of Rev­enue is all set to im­pose a green tax on about 2,500 pol­lut­ing in­dus­trial units to force them to cut back on pol­lu­tion. The in­dus­trial units will have to de­posit 1.0 per­cent of their re­ceipts in the state ex­che­quer.

The sur­charge, in­tro­duced this year, is a part of the gov­ern­ment's move to en­cour­age in­dus­tries to set up ef­flu­ent

treat­ment plants and to make them aware of the harm­ful ef­fects of their ac­tiv­i­ties on the en­vi­ron­ment.

The Buri­g­anga and other rivers around Dhaka, in­clud­ing the Turag, the Bang­shi, Tongi Khal, the Balu and the Shi­ta­lakkhya, have be­come highly pol­luted due to the dump­ing of wastes from tan­ner­ies, dye­ing fac­to­ries and other in­dus­tries as well as house­holds.

Among them, the Buri­g­anga, the life­line of Dhaka, is the most pol­luted river, hav­ing zero oxy­gen level in its wa­ters for nine months a year be­cause of the toxic tan­nery wastes from Hazarib­agh.

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