Tannery owners on Monday threatened to besiege Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) if utility connections to Savar Tannery Industrial Estate are not provided within the next 15 days, as per a High Court order.
They also announced they would hold a black flag procession at Hazaribagh on April 12.
At a rally in Hazaribagh, leaders of Bangladesh Tanners Association also alleged the government is destroying the tannery industry, a Bangla Tribune report said.
The Supreme Court on Sunday ordered the authorities concerned to provide utility services – gas, water and electricity – to the newly relocated tanneries within 15 days of receiving the Supreme Court’s order.
BTA chairman Shaheen Ahmed said the workers will not leave their jobs at Hazaribagh until their employment opportunities are settled.
Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association Chairman Mohiuddin Ahmed Mahin placed a nine point demand at the rally.
The demands include speedy registration of lands at Savar as per a MoU signed in 2003, construction of the international Central Effluent Treatment Plant, utility connections to Savar in 15 days, and a judicial investigation against Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation for its mismanagement.