HC orders mobile court drives to curb air pollution

Staff Correspondent

29 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The High Court has directed the Department of Environment (DoE) to conduct mobile court drives to curb air pollution.

A division bench comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order on Monday following a writ petition filed by the Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB).

The petitioner attached media report clippings to the petition stating serious air pollution in Dhaka city around the sites of development and renovation projects.

The court issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why inaction to control air pollution shall not be declared illegal.

The court has ordered for setting up barricades around all development and renovation projects in Dhaka city within the next 15 days.

 The HC asked the authorities concerned to spray water around the development and renovation work twice a day. The order for spraying water has to be executed within the next 24 hours.

The Director General of the DoE, the authorities of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) will have to submit their compliance reports.

  Advocate Manzill Murshid, president of HRPB, appeared for the petitioner.

He argued that the authorities are bound to take necessary actions to curb air pollution.

Air quality across the country has deteriorated over the years, but it takes an alarming turn during winter in Dhaka.

Five among the top 10 causes of death in Bangladesh is related to air pollution, says a report of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Dhaka scored 556 in the DoE’s Air Quality Index (AQI) released on January 29, last year, and it has been labelled ‘extremely unhealthy’.

Air in Narayanganj was identified as the most polluted with the score of 565 while Chattogram scored the lowest at 174.

Air condition in Sylhet and Barisal was tagged as ‘very unhealthy with  scores of 264 and 274 respectively in the AQI while air pollution in Gazipur, Khulna and Rajshai was dubbed ‘extremely unhealthy’ due to a high level of pollution.