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Dust in the wind

  • Published at 11:59 pm January 29th, 2019
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MEHEDI HASAN

The two city councils of Dhaka so far have not done a satisfactory job of addressing the air pollution problem

It is a fact that Dhaka’s air quality is one of the worst in the world, with the World Health Organization’s 2019 list ranking the city as the third worst in the world in terms of air pollution. 

Along with traffic, dust pollution in the air stands as the bane of existence for millions of Dhaka-dwellers, with the authorities rarely taking any kind of action to curb the problem.

It is good to see that the High Court has now ordered the Department of Environment to conduct mobile court drives twice a week against those responsible for creating air pollution in the capital.

Since construction and renovation sites are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to dust levels in the city, the court has issued the order that these sites be covered up, and that water should be sprayed in dust-prone areas.

The two city councils of Dhaka so far have not done a satisfactory job of addressing the air pollution problem, and it is time for them to shape up.

Thousands of people lose their lives to air pollution-related diseases every year, and scientists have said that the average Bangladeshi’s lifespan is reduced by 1.87 years due to poor air quality.

This has widespread implications for our collective health, and as such, is a problem too big to ignore.

For too long, dust-generating activities like construction work have been conducted in a careless, chaotic, and haphazard way, with no regard for the environmental cost, and the cost to public health.

It is time to make the fight against dust pollution a high priority, because our citizens are paying a steep price with every breath they take.