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Time to clean our air

  • Published at 11:00 pm February 3rd, 2020
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Dust pollution has reached an alarming stage in Dhaka, causing many deaths as well as several million cases of illness Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

It is about time that concrete action was taken

It is encouraging to know that the High Court has directed the Ministry of Public Administration to deploy five executive magistrates within a month, under the Department of Environment (DoE), to take necessary action against the rising air pollution.

There is no doubt that air pollution -- particularly in the capital -- has reached an unbearable point. Air pollution continues to wreak havoc on the health of our citizens and is directly responsible for a myriad of diseases and health problems.

As Dhaka has been developing at a breakneck pace, there is no denying the dire consequences of this development; according to the DoE, it is the rapid construction in and around the city requiring the brick kilns to be in operation that have consistently been responsible for the city’s air to deteriorate at an alarming rate.

To that end, it is about time that concrete action was taken; as it is no longer enough to simply have policies in place. Without proper action and implementation, policies have no legitimacy and the people want action, not more empty promises.

Both the new mayors of Dhaka -- Atiqul Islam and Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh -- have pledged in their manifestos to make a cleaner Dhaka. It is time now for them to act on their promises; reducing the air pollution in Dhaka is the most pressing of issues.

There is no point in development if those in the capital cannot even breathe the very air around them. 

We cannot live like this much longer, and it is about time something is done to clean our air.