Health Desk: Oct 29, 2017--- Road dust has become the biggest source of pollution in the capital, especially during the dry season for various reasons, including unplanned construction works, posing a severe health threat to the city dwellers.
Green activists have asked the authorities concerned to take monitoring initiatives to check dust pollution in Dhaka city as its air quality is set to fall with the onset of dry season, reports UNB.
“It’s time for the Department of Environment (DoE) to take a proper plan and strengthen its monitoring system to check dust pollution in the city. Otherwise, the city dwellers will have to suffer a lot due to the uncontrolled dust pollution,” general secretary of Poribesh Bachao Andolan (Poba) Engr Abdus Sobhan told UNB.
Citing his independent assessment on the city’s dust pollution, Sobhan said the air pollution, caused by construction work-related processes like concrete crushing, cement batching and road stone plants, is destroying the environment and clean air, depriving the city dwellers of breathing in fresh air.
A DoE study shows the dust pollution in Dhaka city turns acute during the dry season, which is over three times higher than the permissible level.
Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan (Bapa) general secretary Abdul Matin said dust pollution turns acute in the mega city for lack of coordination among the urban agencies like Rajuk, city corporations and Dhaka Wasa, in implementing development projects.