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Check dust pollution in dry season

Published : Sunday, 11 November, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 493

For the last three years, the air quality in Dhaka has remained consistently unhealthy during the dry season according to the Department of Environment (DoE).  On February 17, 2014, Dhaka's air quality was measured 172 AQI which is considered unhealthy and on January 25, 2017 it was measured 361 AQI, that is deemed extremely unhealthy according to the standards for Bangladesh (NAAQS).

Therefore, it is time for the authorities concerned to take monitoring initiatives to check dust pollution in Dhaka city as its air quality is set to fall with the onset of dry season. The Department of Environment (DoE) should take a proper plan and strengthen its monitoring system to check dust pollution in the city. Otherwise, the city dwellers will have to suffer a lot due to the uncontrolled dust pollution. Road dust has become the biggest source of pollution in the capital, especially during the dry season for various reasons, including unplanned construction works, posing a severe health threat to the city dwellers. The dust pollution in Dhaka city turns acute during the dry season, which is over three times higher than the permissible level.

The air pollution caused by construction work-related processes like concrete crushing, cement batching and road stone plants, is destroying the environment and clean air, depriving the city dwellers of breathing in fresh air. A household in the city, on average, has to incur a loss of additional Tk 4,000-Tk 5,000 per month due to dust pollution as the city households have to spend money on cleaning up their cloths, utensils, furniture and other materials.

Dust pollution turns acute in the mega city for lack of coordination among the urban agencies like Rajuk, city corporations and Dhaka Wasa, in implementing development projects. As quality is not ensured in road repair, city roads got damaged fast and generate unusual dust making the lives of city dwellers miserable. Noting that the government must come up with a detailed plan on how to check dust pollution in Dhaka and other cities.



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