May 11, 2021, 12:02 am
Staff Reporter: Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md. Shahab Uddin said, We all need to be sound conscious to be free from noise pollution. We all should avoid making unnecessary noises. To this end, children need to be made noise-conscious from childhood.
Minister for Environment said this while delivering speech as the chief guest in a virtual workshop on Wednesday (April 28), on the occasion of “International Noise Awareness Day-2021” under the theme “Protect Your Hearing. Protect Your Health”.
Deputy Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Begum Habibun Nahar, Secretary Ziaul Hasan NDC, Former Vice Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Prof. Pran Gopal Dutta and concerned Project Director and Department of Environment Additional Director General Md. Humayun Kabir (Joint Secretary) spoke on the occasion. The workshop was also attended by representatives of various ministries, police departments, transport sector, city corporations, non-governmental organizations, health experts, researchers and the media.
The Environment Minister said the government is working sincerely to control noise pollution. The Dhaka South City Corporation has been contacted to implement a silent zone around the Secretariat. The plan will be implemented after the pandemic only when the situation is normal. At present, all (9) city corporations, including the Agargaon area, have been declared “silent zone” which include hospitals, educational institutions and administrative areas. Various agencies including Department of Environment, Bangladesh Police, City Corporation, BRTS will work together to make all silent areas noise free. If necessary, steps will be taken to change existing laws, introduce new laws and strictly enforce existing laws.
The Environment Minister said Dhaka city is suffering from noise pollution three times more than the tolerable level. As a result, about half a crore people are at health risk. Noise pollution is constantly taking place in the house and outside the house without any reason. The use of unwanted horns in vehicles in residential areas, noise in construction work, noise generated through mic / sound box at various social, political, religious events is constantly causing noise pollution which is hampering the normal life of the people.The environment minister urged everyone to be sincere in making themselves aware of the various harmful effects of noise pollution in order to lead a quality life.