POST TIME: 20 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 20 February, 2019 01:41:16 AM
mosquito menace
City corpns not taking effective steps: HC
Staff Reporter, Dhaka

City corpns not taking 
effective steps: HC

The High Court (HC) yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over the mosquito menace in Dhaka. You (city corporations) are not taking effective steps to curb the mosquito menace in the city. People are going to hospitals following mosquito bites,” an HC bench of Justices FRM Nazmul Ahasan and KM Kamrul Kader said.

The bench came up with the observation while hearing on a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), seeking the court’s directive on air pollution in the capital.

Advocate Manzill Murshid, counsel for the petitioner, told The Independent that the HC bench asked the city corporation authorities to take effective measures to curb the mosquito menace.

In January, the same bench had ordered the Department of Environment (DoE) to conduct mobile court drives twice a week against those responsible for air pollution in the capital. It had also asked the authorities concerned to take steps to surround areas undergoing development and repair works within the next 15 days to prevent the spread of dust.  It had ordered to spray water in “dust-prone” areas twice a day.

The mayors of the two city corporations, executive officers and the DoE director general had been asked to submit a report within the next two weeks on implementation of the court order.

The respondents submitted their reports to the HC bench yesterday, saying that the civic authorities had taken steps to curb air pollution in line with the court’s order. However, the bench asked them to submit further reports on the matter by March 5, the next date of hearing.

On January 27, the HRPB filed the writ petition in the HC and attached news items and reports on air pollution in Dhaka.

Dhaka was ranked third on the World Health Organisation’s 2019 list of most polluted cities.