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HC: City corporations have shown negligence in eradicating air pollution

  • Published at 09:36 pm May 15th, 2019
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File photo of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Dhaka Tribune

The High Court earlier issued summons to chief executive officers (CEOs) of DNCC and DSCC to explain the measures they took to prevent air pollution

Dhaka north and south city corporations (DNCC, DSCC) have shown negligence in eradicating air pollution and controlling mosquito menace, observed High Court yesterday based on the latest report on air pollution.

The bench of Justices FRM Nazmul Ahasan and KM Kamrul Kader passed the observation while hearing a rule issued earlier for preventing air pollution in Dhaka city.

The court also ordered the city corporations to present the next report on June 26.

The High Court earlier issued summons to chief executive officers (CEOs) of DNCC and DSCC to explain the measures they took to prevent air pollution. 

During the hearing, DSCC CEO Mustafizur Rahman and DNCC CEO Md Abdul Hai presented separate reports before the court.

Both CEOs informed the court that it is not possible to control air pollution for different development projects like the Metro Rail Project. 

The court asked why there was a lack of coordination between the multiple development projects, which were undertaken simultaneously.

The court also observed that the city corporations are digging at different places at different times. 

Besides, the court also said they have to ensure that these projects do not inconvenience citizens in any way. 

Take necessary action to solve sanitation problems, water logging, and controlling mosquitoes, the court ordered the city corporations

Citizen are paying taxes, hence, better facilities are their rights, court added.

Advocate Manzil Murshid stood for writ.

On May 5, the same bench had summoned DNCC and DSCC chief executives, seeking explanation on measures taken to protect Dhaka from air pollution.

On that date, the court also expressed its dissatisfaction with reports on air pollution – something it had done twice before.

The city corporations were asked to submit the reports in response to a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh. 

On January 28, the High Court ordered the Department of Environment to conduct mobile court drives against parties causing air pollution in the capital twice a week, in response to the writ.

Dhaka is ranked third on the World Health Organization's list of most polluted cities in 2019.

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