‘We will build noise pollution free environment, Sheikh Hasina’s Bangladesh’

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin on Wednesday urged all to be sound conscious, aiming to check noise pollution.

“We all need to be sound conscious to remain free from noise pollution. We must stop making unnecessary noises,” he told a virtual workshop from his official residence.

The Department of Environment (DoE) arranged the workshop marking International Noise Awareness Day, a ministry press release said.

The theme of the day this year is “Protect Your Hearing. Protect Your Health”.

Speaking as the chief guest, Shahab Uddin said children must be made aware of the issue from their childhood.

“We will build a ‘noise pollution free environment, Sheikh Hasina’s Bangladesh’ by building a safe habitat together,” he said.

The minister said the government is working sincerely to check noise pollution.

Dhaka South City Corporation is working to establish a silent zone around the Secretariat and the plan will be implemented after the pandemic when the situation becomes normal, he said.

He said Dhaka city is suffering from noise pollution three times more than the tolerable level.

As a result, Shahab Uddin said, about five million people are at health risk.

Noise pollution is constantly taking place indoors and outdoors without any reason, he said.

He said the use of unwanted horns in vehicles in residential areas, noise in construction work, and noise generated through sound box at various social, political and religious events are constantly causing pollution, which is hampering normal life of people.

Chaired by DoE acting Director General Md Moniruzzaman, the workshop was addressed, among others, by Deputy Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Habibun Nahar, Environment Secretary Ziaul Hasan, former Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Prof Pran Gopal Datta and DoE Additional Director General Md Humayun Kabir.

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