The Dhaka University campus was declared free from polythene and plastic wastes at a prgramme held at the Curzon Hall of the university on Friday.
In presence of the environment, forest and climate change minister Md Shahab Uddin, DU vice-chancellor M Aktaruzzaman, pro-VC Muhammad Samad and other teachers, students took oath to keep the campus free from plastic waste and to dedicate them for conserving nature in the greater interest of the earth.
The students, teachers and government officials also took part in the cleaning programme at the Curzon Hall of the university. It was jointly organised by the department of environment and the Nature Conservation Club of the Zoology department of the university.
Addressing the event as the chief guest, environment minister Shahab Uddin said that use of one-time plastic as drinking glass, spoon and others must be stopped. ‘Random use of plastic and polythene has serious impact on the nature, soil and environment. These are also harmful to heath and cause fatal diseases like cancer. So, we should collectively work to control them,’ Shahab said.
‘The government banned the use of polythene bags and fined 1,695 polythene producing factories Tk 20.22 crore in the past two years. But, only enactment of law is not enough to control the use of plastic and polythene,’ he added.
Shahab Uddin also requested other education institutions of the country to follow the example set by the Dhaka University on Friday.
He urged the Dhaka University authorities to patronise researches for finding out alternatives to polythene. He also requested the university to conduct research for safeguarding the endangered animals of the country.
The minister also claimed that 465 illegal brick kilns had been shut down and the government declared incentives for producing environment-friendly blocks as alternative to the bricks.
DU VC Aktaruzzaman claimed that the university formed a 300-member committee to aware the students and teachers to keep the environment of the university clean.
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