The environment ministry has set a timeframe of two months to eliminate the usage of hydraulic horns in Dhaka to reduce noise pollution.
During a press conference held on Tuesday (November 29) at the 27th World Climate Conference, Md. Shahab Uddin, Minister of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change for Bangladesh announced this decision. Environment Minister Shahab Uddin stated, “We aim to stop the use of hydraulic horns by January,” in the press conference.
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In response to the inquiry on what the government is doing to stop environmental pollution, the minister stated, “We are holding meetings in every department. We held a meeting with those concerned with noise pollution in Dhaka, such as the drivers’ association. We are also discussing with the students, mobile courts.
The minister said, “In today’s meeting we have decided that hydraulic horns should be stopped first in Dhaka city within the next two months. Cars with hydraulic horn should not be used in our country. Now we have decided that the hydraulic horn will be completely banned by next December-January.”
Regarding the ban on polythene, the minister said, ‘Polythene is banned. We are taking action against those who are producing and using it. As a substitute for polythene, we have planned to make bags from jute. Hopefully, we will be able to stop the use of polythene bags completely.”
The environment minister added, “Both individual and organizational awareness is required to prevent environment pollution”.