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Ammonia leak destroying aquatic life in Narsingdi

  • Published at 06:21 pm February 27th, 2017
  • Last updated at 06:29 pm February 27th, 2017
Ammonia leak destroying aquatic life in Narsingdi
As a result, around 60 tonnes of dead fish were spotted floating in 12 ponds, causing a loss of Tk90 lakh. Locals said the ammonia emission from Palash Urea Fertiliser Factory and Ghorashal Fertiliser Factory increased, causing a severe impact over the area’s agriculture and ecosystem. The two neighbouring fertiliser factories have been continuously releasing toxic gases into a nearby pond. The harmful gases have made the site uninhabitable. The environment in Khanapur has become so toxic that many people areforced to leave the area. Md Amjad Hossain, a local, whose land is located near the pond said: “I converted my land into a fish farm because the ammonia made my land infertile.” “As soon as the fish were ready to be sold, the gas emission killed them all, causing me a loss of Tk15lakh,” he added. Locals are also complaining that the even though authorities of both the factories are aware of the circumstances, they are still    discharging limitless amounts of ammonia gas. Fish farmers Adom Ali, Shuraj Mia, Nurul Islam, Lutfar Rahman and Tara Mia have faced a similar crisis and their fish perished in the same fashion. When informed about the incident, Palash Municipal Commissioner Kabir Hossain,  Officer-in-Charge Abdul Kalam, along with the Collective Bargaining Agent (CBA) leaders of the two factories inspected the ponds. “Because of the increased ammonia pressure, the oxygen level in the ponds fell, leading to the death of all the fish,” Ghorashal Fertiliser Factory’s CBA President Aminul Islam said. When asked about the incident, Polash Urea Fertiliser Factory Director ABM Abdur Rahman said: “It is a very tragic incident. We are talking to the affected fish farmers and trying to find a solution.”
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