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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences

Year: 2004  |  Volume: 7  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 529 - 534

An Assessment on the Impact of Natural Gas Fertilizer Factory, Fenchuganj, on the Local Environment

M.A. Hoque, K.M.A Sohel, S.A. K.U. Khan and K.S.Z. Mahmud

Abstract

A study on the impacts of Natural Gas Fertilizer Factory (NGFF), Fenchuganj, Bangladesh has been carried out by extensive field investigation and a questionnaire survey among the residents in the area and the workers of the industry. Plants, fishers and other natural habitants were considered as bio indicator. To find out the impact of the industry on surrounding river water and soil, chemical and physical analysis were done. It was found that the chemical and physical parameters occasionally exceed the respective permissible values while the value of some specific parameter remains higher all through the year. Due to improper treatment of the effluent and inefficient drainage system local crop production and fisheries of the wetlands and Kusiyara River are declining. Effect on the health of the workers and local people was also observed. Negative impact on self employed people like anglers and farmers have been found, resulting an effect to the local economy. On the other hand, the industry induced great positive impact on socio-economic sector, i.e. income and employment generation, education, infrastructure and on other economic sector like small-scale business, communication, etc

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