Dhaka city dwellers breathed clean air throughout July

Implement new policies to improve the capital’s air quality

Published : 04 Aug 2021 08:43 PM | Updated : 05 Aug 2021 01:08 AM

It is good to note that Dhaka's air quality significantly improved in July as its Air Quality Index (AQI) score remained less than 100 in the most of days of the month. It is worth mentioning that the air quality improved in July mainly because of rain, Eid exodus and less traffic movement. Even Dhaka got a niche among the world’s top ten cities having clean air from July 22-31 last.

Air pollution has become a major public health concern in Dhaka. Pollution and environmental challenges have occupied life and livelihood of the Dhakaities to a greater extent. Dhaka is repeatedly being labelled as one of the 10 most polluted cities in the world but it is discouraging to note that city authorities still have not taken any prudent action to address air pollution in the capital. 

We must address the need for

formulating new policies

to improve Dhaka’s air

Air pollution used to take nearly 8,000 lives a year just three years back, now it causes death to more than 1 lakh people every year. According to experts, air pollution is responsible for the rise of various diseases like lung problems, cancer, respiratory  problems etc.

It is time to address the need for formulating new policies to improve Dhaka’s toxic air. Air pollution should be a key issue that authorities concerned should address in the sphere of sustainable construction. We must implement necessary laws to compel the builders and constructors to build roads and buildings following rules and regulations. 

The government, policy makers, civil society and even individuals must play their due role  to control unusual growth of dust as well as other air pollutants. The two city corporations should devise appropriate measures, ensure good governance and strictly enforce laws to reduce air pollution in Dhaka.