There are 7,902 legal brick kilns in Bangladesh
Department of Environment (DoE) will begin its mobile court operation to shut down illegal brick kilns around Dhaka and adjacent districts from Thursday.
“We will begin our mobile court operation from Thursday at illegal brick kilns as per the directives from High Court and it will continue to the next two weeks,” Kazi Tamzid Ahmed, DoE executive magistrate told Dhaka Tribune.
“The brick kilns are a major source of air pollution. We will look into all the illegal brick kilns in our first drive,” he added.
Dhaka has ranked 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.
According to a report of the Department of Environment, there are 7,902 legal brick kilns in Bangladesh; of them, 487 are in Dhaka district. Around 59% of the brick kilns were built by the last five years.
The report says: “Brick kilns are responsible for 58% of air pollution in Bangladesh.”