The Department of Environment on Thursday unveiled a draft Clean Air Bill 2019 proposing ‘national air quality management plan’ to stop continuous air pollution, which is seriously affecting public health in the capital and elsewhere in Bangladesh.
As the DoE lacks the expertise it got the bill drafted by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers’ Association.
The bill proposes to put in place national air quality management plan to improve the country’s air quality in one year with effect from enacting the law.
The draft bill was unveiled at a workshop jointly hosted by the DoE, the World Bank, BELA and BUET at a posh hotel in the capital.
Speaking as the chief guest, environment minister Md Shahab Uddin said that the law would be enacted to stop air pollution caused by brick kiln, carbon emission from motor vehicles, industries and other sources.
Deputy Minister for environment Hasibun Nahar said that adoption of environment friendly technology in industries might provide the needed respite from pollution.
BELA chief executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan said that the proposed law containing 32 sections would strengthen environmental protection.
Ruling Awami League MP and chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee for environment, forest and climate change ministry Saber Hossain Chowdhury said that environment related targets set in Sustainable Development Goals were challenging for the government to achieve.
Environmentalist and architect Iqbal Habib said that unplanned construction activities were polluting the capital’s environment but the government took no interest to tackle the problem.
Clean Air and Sustainable Environment project director SM Munjurul Hannan Khan chaired the event while BUET chemical engineering professor Md Ali Ahammad Shoukat Chowdhury spoke among others.
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