Petition calls on Yangon government to control factories disposing of waste water

A petition will reportedly be sent to the Yangon Region government on February 16 for supervising the factories in Yangon disposing of waste water recklessly and a distillery in Shwepyitha Township Industrial Zone (1).

“There have been about 1,000 signatures. The main problem is that Shwepyitha distillery does not follow the rules prescribed by the union government, causing impact on natural environment. So, we will send a petition to the regional government,” said Maung Hsaung Kha, leader of the group collecting signatures for the petition.

The petition will be sent together with signatures of those residents living along Lathatyo and Michaungai creeks, video files on the factories disposing of waste water into the creeks and the copy of a complaint sent by Right View (SPT) to the president.

“The petition does not show exact number of factories. The main thing is to supervise all the factories. Under the environmental conservation law, waste water must not be disposed of carelessly. It must disposed of through water treatment plants. Businesspeople do not usually build a water treatment plant that needs an investment of millions of kyats. We the ordinary people cannot bear the foul smell,” said Maung Hsaung Kha.

Saw Win Maung, deputy head of environmental conservation and sanitation department under the Yangon City Development Committee, said there are over 3,400 factories in the 24 industrial zones in Yangon. Among them, only 188 factories get rid of waste water, he added.

Ninety percent of the factories across Myanmar are running without water treatment system.

Source : Eleven Myanmar

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