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HC summons both Dhaka city corporation chief executives over report on air pollution

  • Published at 06:59 pm May 5th, 2019
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Bangladesh, one of the most densely-populated countries in the world, has been struggling with air pollution for a long time, while Dhaka has continued to rank among the most polluted cities Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Earlier, the city corporations were asked to submit the reports on air pollution in response to a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh

The High Court on Sunday issued summons to both chief executives of Dhaka city corporations, seeking explanation on measures taken to protect the capital from air pollution.

The court also expressed dissatisfaction with reports on air pollution submitted by the city corporations on three occasions, including the latest on Sunday.

The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice M Kamrul Kader issued the summons, and the two chief executives are to appear before the court on May 15.

Earlier, the city corporations were asked to submit the reports on air pollution in response to a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.

Advocate Manzil Murshid stood for the writ, Deputy Attorney General Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar stood for the state, and Advocate Nurunnahar stood for the Dhaka city corporations.


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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.

In addition, the court ordered that all construction and renovation sites in Dhaka be covered in such ways that dust does not spread during the dry season within 15 days. It also ordered that water be sprayed in dust-prone areas twice a day.

The mayors and chief executive officers of the two city corporations, and the DoE director general were asked to submit reports on the implementation of the court order every two weeks.


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The court also issued a rule asking the government to explain why the inaction of the local administration in preventing air pollution should not be declared illegal, and why the authorities concerned should not be directed to take effective measures to prevent air pollution in the city.

Eleven people, including the environment secretary, the DoE director general, and the mayors and executive officers of Dhaka city corporations were asked to respond within two weeks.

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