Dhaka should be declared ‘ecologically critical’ area: HC
Published : Wednesday, 22 January, 2020 at 7:49 PM Count : 246
The High Court on Wednesday said Dhaka city should be declared an ‘ecologically critical’ area considering its pollution.
An HC bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Justice Mohammad Ullah came up with the remark while hearing a supplementary writ petition filed over the Buriganga river pollution.
Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) filed the petition in 2010 seeking HC directives on taking steps to prevent pollution in Buriganga water.
Lawyer Manzil Murshid appeared for the HRPB while lawyer Amatul Karim represented the Directorate of Environment (DoE) in the court.
The court said, "We saw in newspaper that Dhaka is one of the world's most polluted cities in the world. Dhaka remained ranked second or third position on a global list of cities with worst air pollution. Now the city should be declared an ecologically critical area considering its pollution."
The supplementary petition was filed as the authorities concerned did not comply with the High Court directives properly.