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Unauthorised green oil factory poses health risks 

Shafiquzzaman Khan, Tangail 

Published: 13:51, 22 May 2024

Unauthorised green oil factory poses health risks 

A lorry was spotted loading oil from an unauthorised factory in Gharinda Union of Tangail Sadar Upazila. Photo: messenger 

Residents of Tangail are facing a concerning situation with the emergence of an unauthorized green oil factory, also known as re-refined oils, in a residential area without approval from the environment department. The factory, named Ma Baba Doa Green Oil, operated by businessman Anwar Hossain in Gharinda Union of Tangail Sadar Upazila, has been operating since January this year, producing green oil by purifying cruet and diesel sludge for road construction.

The factory's operations are shrouded in risk as workers are exposed to dangerous conditions without protective gear, handling flammable substances produced by burning wood. This not only endangers the workers' safety but also poses significant health hazards to the community. Concerned residents have raised alarms about the hazardous fumes emitted during the production process, impacting both health and the environment.

Locals have reported health complications and sanitation issues due to the foul odor and smoke emanating from the factory. They have urged district authorities to either shut down or relocate the factory to mitigate the health and environmental risks faced by the community. Complaints about the factory's adverse effects on daily life, particularly for vulnerable groups like children, women, and the elderly, have escalated the urgency for intervention.

Despite claims of having necessary documentation, questions persist about the legitimacy of the factory's approvals, given its location in a residential zone. 

Local authorities, including the Tangail Environment Department and Tangail Sadar Upazila Executive Officer (UNO), have pledged to launch inquiries into the matter and take appropriate action. Deputy Director of Tangail Environment Department, Zamir Uddin, affirmed that no provisions exist for the establishment of such factories in residential areas, signaling a potential violation of regulations.

Tangail Mill Factory Deputy Inspector General Mahar Ali has pledged a thorough inspection to verify compliance with legal requirements. UP member Rafiqul Islam Ratan has expressed solidarity with residents to hasten the closure of the factory, acknowledging its adverse impact on the community and underscoring the need for accountability and adherence to regulations.