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Govt takes legal actions against 458 brick kilns to prevent air pollution

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Legal action has been taken against 458 illegal brick kilns as part of the implementation of the Environment Ministry's 100 working days special action plan.

Of these, 209 brick kilns have been shut down. 

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury disclosed this information on Tuesday at a meeting held at the Secretariat to review the progress of the 100-day priority action plan programme.

He said that the campaign against more polluting brick kilns will continue through brick kiln trucks to control air pollution in the capital city of Dhaka. 

Due to the use of technology, the officials will not have the opportunity to choose brick kilns according to their own choice, the minister said.

In the meeting, the Environment Minister directed concerned authorities to continue legal measures against black smoke emitting transport and factories to control air pollution. 

He directed the officials to announce the revised road map for the use of 100 per cent blocks in government construction and take necessary measures including communicating with the concerned departments to provide financial incentives to the entrepreneurs of the blocks.

The minister wants to know details from the concerned officials about the progress of various initiatives including single use plastic free declaration, online ETP monitoring, EPR guidelines and formulation of National Waste Management Framework in the secretariat mentioned in the programme. 

He directed the officials to ensure the timely implementation of the priority programmes to fulfil the ministry's commitment to the people.

Secretary of the Ministry Farhina Ahmed, Additional Secretary (Administration) Iqbal Abdullah Harun were present, among others, at the meeting.

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