Health Desk—July 10, 2017: Environment and Forest Minister Anwar Hossain on Sunday told parliament that the dust pollution in the capital city is three times higher than the permissible limit.
To a question of Awami League lawmaker M Abdul Latif, the minister said, ‘’The limit was set in the Environment Conservation Rules 1997”. The limit of dust pollution (particulate matter -- PM10) is the highest 499 ugm/m3 in dry season in the city, but the permissible limit of 150 ugm/m3, he added citing the study report.
The Department of Environment with the help of Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NIAR) conducted a study in Dhaka city to assess the level of air pollution and find the sources of the pollution with a view to taking effective measures to check the air pollution, he said.
As per the findings of the study, the major sources of dust pollution are brick kilns (58 percent dust) located in surrounding areas of the city, construction materials (18 percent) and transport vehicles (10 percent), he added.
With the Climate Change Trust Fund, some 501 projects have so far been taken and 213 projects were implemented successfully, he said.