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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 891 of 1994
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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 891 of 1994

Date of filing: 1994/04/17


Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)


1. Secretary, Ministry of Industries

2. Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives

3. Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest

4. Director General, Department of Environment

5. Director, Department of Environment, Dhaka


The blooming of tannery industries threatened the environment and is backed by scientific research and investigations from both national and international level. Despite the impugned government notification, there was no implementation and now the number of industries has grown. As a result of such deadly practices, ecology and bio-diversity were rapidly consumed by the toxic environment pollution.


Date: 15/07/2001


The High Court directed the respondents to control the pollution from industrial units, classified as “Red” within 1 year from the date of the receipt of the judgment and order and report compliance to the court within 6 weeks. Units classified under the category “Orange Ka” and “Orange Kha” must adopt similar measures within 2 years from the date of the receipt, and directed the Director General, Department of Environment to ensure the compliance.
The Court directed the Secretary, Ministry of Industries (Respondent No. 1) to ensure that no new industry/factory was set up without proper measures to control pollution as required under ECA 1995 and ECR 1997.


Justice Mr. A. B. M. Khairul Hoque

Justice Mr. Md. Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed

Area of law

Accountability and Institutional Reform


Industrial Pollution

Relevant statute

Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act, 1995 (Act No. I of 1995);

Environment Conservation Rules, 1997 (Act No. XXXVI of 2000);

Environment Pollution Control Ordinance, 1977 ;

Factories Act, 1965

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