Noise pollution has reached an unbearable level in the country, exposing an adverse effect on human health and the environment, said participants at a workshop in the capital on Wednesday.
To control noise pollution the Department of Environment has started implementing an "Integrated and Partnership Project on Noise Pollution Control", said environment ministry officials at the workshop.
Through this project noise pollution regulations will be updated.
Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md. Shahab Uddin was the chief guest at the workshop titled ‘'Role of Stakeholders in Noise Pollution Control', organised by the Integrated and Partnership Project on Noise Pollution Control at the Department of Environment.
Deputy Minister Habibun Nahar, Secretary Dr Farhina Ahmed and Member of Parliament and former vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Professor Dr Pran Gopal Dutta spoke as special guests in the workshop held under the chairmanship of Dr Abdul Hamid, Director General of the Department of Environment.
Under the project, students, transport drivers, labourers, factory and construction workers, journalists, business people, imams, teachers, and representatives of non-governmental organisations are being trained to play active roles in these activities.
The government prioritised controlling noise pollution and mobile courts are being conducted for proper enforcement of the law, said the minister.
“Initiatives have been taken to include the subject in the curriculum to make children sound-aware from childhood. It will be possible to control the noise pollution of the country if we get the cooperation of all concerned along with the government's initiative to prevent noise pollution.”
The government will work together with different agencies including the Department of Environment, Bangladesh Police, City Corporation, and BRTA to make the declared silent areas free from noise pollution, said the minister.