Dhaka – The High Court on Tuesday asked the authorities concerned to formulate a unified policy to arrest air pollution in Dhaka and its adjoining areas since the Bangladeshi capital has reportedly the worst air quality in the world.
The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader ordered the government to form high-powered committee to be headed by the environment secretary in a bid to formulate the guideline towards curbing the pollution.
It also asked the authorities concerned begin in 48 hours to spray water for twice in a day in the dust-intensive areas.
The court’s order came a day after the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shahab Uddin told reporters that the air quality in Dhaka was the worst in the world for a couple of days.
In its ruling in response to writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) to seek an order to curb pollution, the court directed that the committee should include chief executive officers of the bifurcated Dhaka City Corporations, representatives from other utility services.
The court asked the government to conduct drives against the illegally run brick kilns, which are one of the major polluters, in Dhaka and its adjoining districts including Narayanganj, Gazipur, Munshiganj and Manikganj.
The government was asked to conduct the drives in 15 days and report back to the court by January 5.