Amid unchecked discharge of dust from construction work, rundown roads and many other sources, environment and health experts have said the city dwellers have to brace for a terrible dust pollution in the capital in the upcoming winter if proper steps are not taken to deal with it, reports the daily sun.
They said this is no longer an environmental issue as it is going to emerge as a major public health concern.
They suggested the authorities concerned, including the Department of Environment (DoE), to take an effective action plan and strengthen its monitoring system to reduce the dust pollution across the city.
While moving in different city areas recently, the UNB correspondents found dust was swirling everywhere due to unplanned construction of buildings and roads and footpaths and the absence of monitoring and enforcement of laws.
DoE officials said they will soon hold meetings with relevant departments and agencies to reduce dust pollution with coordinated efforts.
According to a report of World Health Organisation (WHO) released in May this year, Dhaka’s air quality ranked as the third most polluted in the world.
Another WHO report, published in 2016, says over 37,000 Bangladeshis die annually from diseases related to air pollution.
Talking to UNB, environment expert Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus at BRAC University, said the dust pollution is gradually growing here. “The situation is going to take a turn for the worse during the dry season seriously affecting the public health if effective steps are not taken immediately to reduce it.”