Green activists observed the International Noise Awareness Day in Dhaka on Wednesday with a call for a noise-free society.
They also urged to build awareness and to implement the environment law strictly to combat the sound pollution that threatens public health, especially that of the children.
Observing the day in a rally in front of Dhanmandi Abahani Sports playground in the capital, the activists voiced serious concern as recent sound measurement by the environment department and other non-government organisations caught terrible noise in the major cities and towns.
They blamed lax enforcement of the Sound Pollution Control Act 2006 as well as lack of public awareness amplified noise pollution in the cities threatening people of health hazards including deafness, anxiety, cardiac disorder, high blood pressure, depression, insomnia and others.
Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan, Stamford University Bangladesh, Green Voice, Nagorik Odhikar Sangrakshan Forum, Bangladesh Centre for Human Rights and Development, Mastul Foundation, Rayerbazar High School, Dhanmandhi Kachikantha High School, Dhaka Ideal Cadet School and Work for a Better Bangladesh Trust jointly organised the rally.
Chair of the rally and BAPA joint secretary Iqbal Habib placed 12-point recommendations included ban of importing hydraulic horns, setting up cautionary signs by the streets at residential, commercial and industrial areas to build public awareness of sound pollution.
According to World Health Organisation, in 2013 20 per cent of the country’s population suffered from hearing impairment. Around 26 per cent of them were children.
Bangladesh Ghuri Federation general secretary Shahjahan Mridha Benu complained that deafening noise hampered children’s normal life troubling their mental growth.
WBB Trust coordinator Gaus Piyari urged people to follow the anti-noise rules and regulations prohibiting high volume sound near at residential areas, hospital and educational institutions.
Ziaur Rahman, professor Ahmed Kamruzzaman, MA Mannan Monir, Tahazzad Hossain, and schoolchildren Morshedul Islam, Madhabi Debnath, among others, addressed the rally.
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