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26 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 26 June, 2019 01:47:24 AM
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STEPS TO CURB AIR POLLUTION

DSCC, DNCC to submit fresh reports before HC today

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
DSCC, DNCC to submit fresh reports before
HC today

Following a High Court (HC) order to conduct mobile courts twice a week against those responsible for air pollution in the capital, the two chief executive officers (CEOs) of Dhaka city corporations are going to present their next report today. Earlier, the court expressed its dissatisfaction with the air pollution reports submitted by both city corporations and asked them for a new report.

Abdul Hai, CEO of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), and Mustafizur Rahman, CEO of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), presented two separate reports on air pollution before the court on May 5 and May 15 respectively. However, the HC expressed its dissatisfaction with the reports—something it had done twice before.

DSCC CEO Mustafizur Rahman told The Independent that the HC has given six points to curb air pollution in the city and asked for a report on that basis.

“We held a meeting to obey and implement the court order. We prepared a report to show the court that we have followed its directives,” he said.

“We have faced a problem to maintain the court order in one sector. The HC directed us to spray water twice a day at the dust-affected areas in the city. The water was to come from Dhaka Wasa. But after some day, they refused to supply water for this purpose,” he also said.

“We are trying our best to maintain the HC order. We hope the court will not express its dissatisfaction this time,” he added.     

DNCC CEO Abdul Hai told this correspondent to contact a law official of the institution as, what he said, he does not have proper knowledge on the issue given he returned from an overseas tour recently.

Contacted, DNCC law officer Najmul Huda Shamin told The Independent that the city corporation has prepared a report to submit to the high court.

“Hopefully, the court will express its satisfaction over the activity of the city corporation on curbing air pollution in the capital this time,” he said.  

Earlier, the HC had issued summons to the CEOs of DNCC and DSCC and asked them to explain the steps they took to prevent air pollution.

The CEOs presented separate reports before the court. They informed the court that it was not possible to control air pollution for different development projects in the city.

The HC asked them about the lack of coordination between multiple development projects taken up simultaneously. It also observed that the city corporations were digging at different places at different times. It also observed that the city corporations should ensure that the projects do not inconvenience citizens in any way.

On May 5, the same bench summoned the DNCC and DSCC CEOs, seeking explanation on the measures taken to protect Dhaka from air pollution. The court also expressed its dissatisfaction with the reports on air pollution. The city corporations were asked to submit the reports in response to a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.

Following the same petition, the HC on January 28 ordered the director general of the Department of Environment to take steps to conduct mobile courts twice a week against those responsible for causing air pollution in Dhaka.

At a seminar on World Environment Day (June 22), green activists said that although sources of air pollution have been identified, the government is not taking action to stop such pollution.

 

 

 

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