Govt to involve people to control noise pollution: Shahab

22 January 2021


BSS, Dhaka :
Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin on Thursday said the government has taken up integrated and participatory projects to control noise pollution by involving the mass people.
Through this project, awareness training on sound pollution will be imparted to people from different walks of life, he added.
The minister said this while speaking as chief guest at the inaugural workshop of an integrated and participatory project on noise pollution control, organized by the Department of Environment, said a press release.
He also said, public opinion against noise pollution will be created through the implementation of various awareness programs and noise pollution will come down to a tolerable level with the concerted efforts of all.
Everything necessary would be done to control noise pollution, Shahab added. .
Secretary of the ministry Ziaul Hasan, Additional Secretary (Environment) Mahmud Hasan and former Vice Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Professor Pran Gopal Dutta attended the workshop as special guests with Director General of the Department of Environment A, K, M Rafique Ahammed in the chair.
Additional Director General of Department of Environment and Project Director of the Project Md Humayn Kabir delivered the introductory speech.
The minister said BRTA is registering about 3 to 4 lakh new vehicles every year. The horns of the increasing vehicles contribute about 55 percent to the noise pollution of the city. Unnecessary horns from vehicles, sound boxes and loud noises through the mike are disrupting the normal life of the people.
"If we want to make our socio-economic development sustainable, now is the time to build resistance against noise pollution, among other things," he added.
The minister called upon all concerned to create a culture of implementing the existing laws and rules in noise pollution control and refraining from making excessive noise considering the harmful aspects.
He said 'Noise Pollution Free Environment, Sheikh Hasina's Bangladesh' should be built to develop a safe abode for future generations.
Speaking as special guest Environment Secretary Ziaul Hasan said, "It will be possible to create public awareness about noise pollution through this project."
He also instructed all concerned to implement the project following all government guidelines.
Former Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Professor Pran Gopal Dutta said that noise pollution must be stopped to protect the people from mass deafness.
He appealed to the government to include the harmful aspects of noise pollution in the curriculum of fifth, ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth classes.
Additional Director General of Department of Environment and Project Director of the Project Md Humayn Kabir said that under the integrated and participatory project on noise pollution control, a total of 95,200 people including transport workers, drivers, students, government employees, factory construction workers, journalists, teachers, imams, professionals and members of voluntary organizations will be imparted sound awareness training.
There will also be a series of programs on television channels and radios, various electronic and print media, mobile phones and social media to broadcast TVC, text messages and notifications. Some 128 billboards and 60 signboards, 7 lakh leaflets, 7 lakh stickers, 1000 folders and 1000 training manuals will be printed and distributed to create awareness, he added.

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