Government's efforts to reduce air pollution in Dhaka fail despite huge expenditure

Government’s efforts to reduce air pollution in Dhaka fail despite huge expenditure

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According to the Clean Air Project document on the World Bank website, steps were taken under the project to enhance capacity building of the environment department and focus on management to reduce pollution from vehicles.

The Clean Air Project ended in 2019. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in a report on the project in 2019, said a total of Tk 2.21 billion had been spent under the project till that period. More than half of this amount, 1.23 billion taka, was spent on foreign tours of officials in the name of training, consultancy fees, purchasing vehicles and construction of buildings. Under the project, 296 officers availed foreign tours for training purposes in 10 years. One officer traveled abroad 10 times.

Speaking to Prothom Alo, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment and Forests, Sabar Hossain Chowdhury, said, “We have submitted our comments on the government’s projects and initiatives to the ministry. We hope they will take recommendations from there and work on curbing the wind. Will take steps for.” pollution.”

He said, “We hope that the mistakes and irregularities that happened will not happen in the future.”

*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print and online editions, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam

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