The City of Dhaka produces almost 4,500 tonnes of household wastes everyday. The only landfill site that existed in the country till 2006 is the site in Matuail that was funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Debt Cancellation Fund (JDCF). This site, according to the DCC, was inadequate to deal with all the wastes that the City produced and hence, it entered into an agreement with JICA to develop another land fill in the west side of Dhaka in the moujas (land administrative area) of Konda and Baliarpur in Amin Bazar, Dhaka. This agreement supported the project titled “Dhaka Mohanogoreer Bibhinno Elakar Obokatthamo o Paribesh Unnayan Prokolpa” (Project for Infrustrcture and Environment Development of Different Areas of Dhaka City) the implementation cost of which was 65 crore taka. According to DCC, this land fill will dispose off 1700-1800 tonnes of wastes in a hygienic way, claimed the DCC. Conditional ‘site clearance’ for the Project was given by the DoE on the basis of an Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) Report prepared by e private developer named Sheltech Consultants (Pvt.) Limited, that although claimed to have consulted people, could not produce any documents in support. Although Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) signed agreement to do the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the project for obtaining final approval, BUET subsequently declined to do the same on the ground that the area is a flood flow zone. Wastes are being dumped into the site since 2005 without any structural containment facilities as pledged in the Project document. A case in pending against selection of the site as a water dumping site in violation of the MP.
|Relevant government actors:||Secretaries, Ministry of Land: Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Cooperatives; Ministry of Environment and Forest; Ministry of Housing and Public Works; Mayor, Dhaka City Corporation; Chairman, RAJUK- Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Town Improvement Authority); Director General and Director (Dhaka Division), Department of Environment; Deputy Commissioner, Dhaka; Project Director, Dhaka Mohanogoreer Bibhinno Elakar Obokatthamo o Paribesh Unnayan Prokolpa Project for (Infrastructure and Environment Development of Different Areas of Dhaka City)|