Monday, 6 February, 2023

DCs urged to take stern actions against environment polluting brickfields

DHAKA-  The Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry today directed the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) across the country to take stern actions against the illegal and environment polluting brickfields and stop burning bricks with wood by cutting trees.

Secretary of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry Dr Farhina Ahmed issued the directives at a special meeting with the DCs on controlling environment pollution, shutting illegal brickfields and stopping use of polythene bags, said a press release here.

Additional Secretary (environment wing) of the ministry Sanjay Kumar Bhowmik, Additional Secretary (environmental pollution control wing) Md Mizanur Rahaman and DOE Director General Dr Abdul Hamid were present at the meeting, among others.      

DCs of the 64 districts across the country and field level officials of the Department of Environment (DOE) joined the meeting virtually.

Dr. Syed Shahjahan Ahmed, deputy secretary of environmental pollution control wing of the ministry, presented working papers at the meeting highlighting the measures taken against the illegal brickfields along with the environmental damages caused by brick kilns.

Dr Farhina urged the DCs to take measurers for stopping use of agricultural lands for brickfields for sake of the country’s food security.

She asked the DOE DG and other officials concerned for taking necessary steps to ensure use of block bricks, which is cent percent environment friendly, in all government works by 2025.

The environment secretary urged the officials concerned to hold meetings at every district on an urgent basis to involve the stakeholders to prevent different kind of pollutions including the brickfields.

At the meeting, a decision was taken to strengthen the regular enforcement and mobile court activities being conducted by DOE and the district administrations across the country against the production and use of banned polythene bags as well as marketing of the polythene.

The meeting also decided to take necessary initiatives to implement the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2021 for the proper management of solid wastages.

Besides, an instruction was issued to implement the three-year action plan to stop the use of single-use plastic in 40 upazilas of 12 districts of the coastal region on an urgent basis.

Bangladesh Brick Manufacturing Owners' Association President Khalilur Rahman joined that meeting and highlighted different problems in the brick kilns along with vowing to comply with the relevant regulations.