Following a High Court order to conduct mobile courts twice a week against those responsible for air pollution in the capital, Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon yesterday said they will conduct drives soon to reduce dust in DSCC areas.
He made the comment while launching a water-spraying programme at Bangla Academy ahead of the Ekushey book fair.
As part of the programme, DSCC will spray water on 51km primary roads in its areas to reduce dust during dry season.
“We will start spraying water on roads, complying with the directives of the High Court,” Khokon said.
The High Court on January 28 ordered the director general (DG) of Department of Environment (DoE) to take actions against those responsible for air pollution in Dhaka.
In response to a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh, the court also asked the DG of DoE to submit a report in four weeks.
The court directed the authorities concerned to act within 15 days so that on-going development and repair works at construction sites in Dhaka do not further pollute the air. It also directed the authorities concerned to spray water twice a day at the dust affected areas in the city.
The mayors of the two city corporations and their chief executive officers have been directed to submit a report after complying with this order in two weeks.
Urging residents to spray water at their own construction sites, the mayor said dust generates due to construction activities.