Court expressed its dissatisfaction over the latest report submitted on Wednesday
The High Court has expressed its dissatisfaction – yet again – with the latest report on air pollution, submitted by both city corporations in Dhaka.
The bench of FRM Nazmul Ahasan and KM Kamrul Kader passed the order on Wednesday.
The court ordered the city corporations to present the next report on June 26.
Earlier in the day, Abdul Hai, chief executive of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Chief Executive of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mustafizur Rahman, presented separate reports before the court.
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.
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.
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 Organization's list of most polluted cities in 2019.