HC for confiscation of vehicles exceeding emission limits
Staff Reporter :
The High Court on Monday directed the government bodies to seize the vehicles plying on Dhaka city by emitting black smoke exceeding limit.
In its order, the court also directed the government to take steps to fix the economic life span of different vehicles as per Section 36 of Road Transport Act-2018 and prohibit those vehicles having no economic life to run on the roads.
The HC Bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), a rights organisation, seeking necessary order.
The court also directed the respondents to take appropriate steps in one month to stop burning of different tiers without having environmental license and also to stop vehicle battery-recycling at any place without approval of the Environment Department.
It also directed the authorities of the two city corporations of Dhaka to take steps to ensure that all the market owners to keep their daily garbage in a safe bag and during closing down those will be dumped at a designated area.
It directed the respondents to spray water in the morning and evening every day in the area which has not been covered till today by the two city corporations and to ensure that all trucks plying on roads in Dhaka city with sand or mud or waste must use cover.
Director General of the Department of Environment has been asked to appear in the court on February 2, 2020, to explain air quality of Dhaka city area. The court fixed March 1, 2020 for further order on the case.
Advocate Manzill Murshid appeared in the court on behalf of the writ petition, advocate Sayeed Ahmed Raja appeared for Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), Barrister Toufiq Inam Tipu appeared for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Deputy Attorney General Barrister ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar stood for the State.
Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh filed the writ petition on January 27, 2019, seeking necessary order from the High Court to prevent air pollution.
After hearing the same High Court Bench on January 29, 2019, issued a rule upon the respondents to explain in four weeks as to why the inaction of the respondents to stop air pollution in Dhaka city area should not be declared illegal.
Subsequently the High Court on November 26, 2019, ordered the government to constitute a high-powered committee headed by Environment Secretary in order to formulate a guideline to reduce the air pollution in and around the Dhaka city.
The court asked the committee to submit a report within 30 days and fixed January 5, 2020, for further hearing on the case.
Complying with the High Court order, the government formed a committee which submitted a report in the court on January 5 this year including 13 recommendations to reduce air pollution in the city area.
After hearing on the report on January 12 and 13, 2020, the High Court passed the order on Monday.