Department of Environment yesterday launched a Tk 47.98 crore project to control noise pollution, which will be implemented in the next three years.
The inaugural workshop of the project was held at the department's office in the capital's Agargaon area.
A total of 2,000 mobile courts or joint operations will be conducted across the country to implement the Noise Pollution (Control) Rules, 2006 under the project, said project director Md Humayn Kabir at the workshop.
A round-the-clock online monitoring of noise levels will be set up and displayed on the roadside of an area under experimental activities, he said.
Humayun, who was also additional director general of the department, said noise levels will be surveyed in 64 districts and databases will be set up.
There will be programmes on TV, radio and other media to raise awareness about noise pollution, and 95,200 people from different backgrounds will receive training to tackle the issue, he added.
Humayum further said 128 billboards, 60 signboards, 7 lakh leaflets, 7 lakh stickers, 1,000 folders and 1,000 training manuals will be printed and distributed to create awareness.
Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin was present as chief guest at the workshop. He said noise pollution will come down to a tolerable level with concerted efforts of all.
Former Vice Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Prof Pran Gopal Dutta appealed to the government to include the harmful effects of noise pollution in the curriculum of fifth, ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades.
Ziaul Hasan, Secretary to the ministry, and Mahmud Hasan, additional secretary (environment), were present as special guests.