Dhaka – As Dhaka’s streets, lane and by-lanes are decorated with numerous plastic-coated bi-colour posters seeking vote for candidates in the upcoming city elections, the High Court on Wednesday impose a ban on production and displaying such posters to save the environment.
The High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order asking the authorities concerned to properly dispose the laminated posters, which have already been displayed in different parts of the city.
Hundreds of thousands of laminated posters have been put on display by the supporters of the mayoral and councilor candidates ahead of the election, slated for February 2 voting.
The court also asked the authorities concerned to respond in four weeks as to why direction should not be given to stop production and distribution of laminated posters across the country.
The respondents of the rule are: the secretary to the ministry of environment and forest climate change, LGRD secretary, health secretary, Election Commission and the chief executive officers of Dhaka north and south city corporations.
Manoj Kumar Bhowmick, a lawyer of the Supreme Court, brought the issue referring to the media reports to the court’s notice that followed by the rule.
The lawyer said laminated posters are harmful for the environment and public health.