City corpns negligent in curbing air pollution in Dhaka: HC
Published : Thursday, 16 May, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 591
The High Court (HC) on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction -yet again- with the latest reports on air pollution submitted by Dhaka North and Dhaka South city corporations and observed that the authorities of both the city corporations are negligent in curbing air pollution and mosquito menace.
"The city corporations are not taking effective steps to curb air pollution," the bench of FRM Nazmul Ahasan and KM Kamrul Kader said and ordered them to take steps to this end.
The court ordered the city corporations to submit a report on effective steps taken to curb pollution and pre-monsoon mosquito control by June 26.
Earlier on the day, Abdul Hai, Chief Executive of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Chief Executive of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mustafizur Rahman submitted two separate reports to the court. On May 5, the same bench had summoned DNCC and DSCC chief executives, seeking explanation on measures taken to protect Dhaka from air pollution.
On that date, the court also expressed its dissatisfaction with reports on air pollution - something it had done twice before.
The city corporations were asked to submit the reports in response to a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
On January 28, the HC ordered the Department of Environment (DoE) to conduct mobile court drives against parties causing air pollution in the capital twice a week, in response to the writ.
In addition, the court ordered that all construction and renovation sites in Dhaka be covered in such ways that dust does not spread during the dry season within 15 days. It also ordered that water be sprayed in dust-prone areas twice a day.
The mayors and chief executive officers of the two city corporations, and the DoE director general were asked to submit reports on the implementation of the court order every two weeks.
Eleven people, including the environment secretary, the DoE director general, and the mayors and executive officers of Dhaka city corporations were asked to respond within two weeks.
Dhaka is ranked third on the World Health Organization's list of most polluted cities in 2019.