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Experts seek winter plan to fight Dhaka’s air pollution

Published : 22 Oct 2021 10:42 PM | Updated : 23 Oct 2021 12:33 PM

Authorities need to work out a special action plan to control Dhaka’s terrible dust pollution as it turns worse in every winter, particularly from November to February, posing a serious health hazard to city dwellers, said environmental experts.

With the advent of winter, the city’s air quality starts deteriorating sharply due to the massive discharge of pollutant

 particles from construction works, rundown roads, brick kilns and other sources, they said.

To control the dust pollution, the experts suggested sweeping the city’s roads with water regularly, covering construction sites and materials, and stopping the movement of overloaded and unfit motor vehicles in the city.

Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus at BRAC University, told UNB that dust particles from construction sites, earth filing and roads, black smoke from overloaded motor vehicles and traditional brick kilns located surrounding Dhaka are largely responsible for making the city’s air quality in winter even worse.

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