The Hazaribagh tannery site in Bangladesh will be regenerated into a modern township, having long been subjected to rampant pollution. The plan is to build 45 residential high-rises and civic amenities, according to officials of Dhaka's development regulator, Rajuk.

The 65-acre area, currently abandoned following the relocation of tanneries to Savar and earmarked as an open space in the city's detailed area plan, will be both residential and commercial, Rajuk Chairman Md. Abdur Rahman announced yesterday.

At present, the water and soil in Hazaribagh are highly contaminated with excessive amounts of untreated heavy metal chromium, released by the 243 tanneries which formerly stood there, he said, adding that treatment of top soil and plantation might help improve the soil condition.