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DNCC mayor: Drives over pollution to be stricter after Dec 20

  • Published at 04:24 pm December 17th, 2019
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Photo: Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

He said they have sought more magistrates from government to conduct drives

Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam has said drives conducted for controlling pollution in Dhaka will become more strict after December 20.

He made the announcement at a roundtable discussion titled “Unplanned pollution in Dhaka: Citizens reflect” at the National Press Club on Tuesd.

The mayor said: "We have submitted an application to the government, seeking more magistrates to conduct drives against those who put construction materials on roads.

Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam speaks at a roundtable at National Press Club on 17 December 2019 | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune"Although drives against those who contribute to pollution in Bangladesh are ongoing, it will become stricter after December 20 when we get additional magistrates."

Mayor Atiqul also warned businessmen who deal with plastic bottles and chips packets, saying: "You [businessmen] will either have to change your mode of conducting business, or find an alternate way to dispose or recycle plastic bottles."

He further said that citizens suffer from water-logging due to amassing plastic bottles on the streets, which should not happen.

“It is the responsibility of the producers to ensure that plastic bottles do not end up on the streets, causing harm to the environment,” Atiqul added.

DNCC mayor said : ``If I find any plastic bottles in the road then on behalf of city corporation, I will file a case against that particular company.

Atiqul also warned Brick Kilns owners to abide by the law.

Adil Mohammad Khan, secretary of  Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) presented the key note paper.  

Architect Iqbal Habib, member secretary of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon,   Md Akhter Mahmud, professor, department of Urban and Regional Planning of Jahangirnagar University, Abu Naser, Chairman, Poribesh Bachao Andolon, Mashiur Rahman Khan, president DURA, and Tufajjol Hossain Rubel spoke among others. 

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