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Dhaka chokes on air pollution, HC orders to shut down illegal brick kilns

  • Published at 01:15 pm November 26th, 2019

The bench passed the order on Tuesday

The High Court has ordered the authorities concerned to shut down illegal brick kiln around Dhaka within 15 days to reduce air pollution.

The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order on Tuesday, Advocate Manzil Murshid told Dhaka Tribune.

In a bid to reduce air and dust pollution in the country, the High Court handed down five directives to both Dhaka South and North city corporations, Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa), Environment Department, and the authorities concerned.

The High Court has ordered both the city corporations, Wasa and related organizations to clean roads, pavements and flyovers so that they are free of dust as it contributes to air pollution.

Mobile courts will conduct drives to different construction sites and development projects, which use bricks, cement and various other substances that generate dust, so that they do not further add to the pollution.

In addition to that, an expert committee will be formed including the Dhaka South City Corporation's Chief Executive Officer Mostafizur Rahman, DNCC CEO Md Abdul Hai and a doctor from Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), to investigate the reason behind Bangladesh's air and dust pollution.

The High Court also ordered the authorities concerned to submit a probe report on January 5.

Dhaka has ranked the worst in Air Quality Index (AQI) for two days in a row after obtaining a score of 242 on Tuesday morning, which means the air quality was very unhealthy during that time.

The overcrowded capital of Bangladesh has been grappling with air pollution for a long time.