The government has decided to amend the Noise Pollution Control Rules based on a survey conducted to determine the noise level in 64 districts of the country.
The Department of Environment of the environment ministry conducted the survey which collected a total of 699,840 facts from across the country, including 70 locations in Dhaka city.
The survey identified the causes of sound pollution-- including excessive use of hydraulic horn in vehicles, industrial noise or mechanical noise, use of mike and loudspeaker for different purposes or occasions, construction activities, movement of aeroplane, trains and water vessels.
The survey findings were discussed at a validation workshop on Thursday.
The study was carried out by the Department of Environment under its Integrated and Partnership Project to Control Noise Pollution.
Environment Minister Md Shahab Uddin addressed the workshop as the chief guest.
Syeda Masuma Khanom, project director of the project titled 'Integrated and Partnership Project to Control Noise Pollution' briefed the project at the event in a presentation.
Sound quality in 64 districts, including 70 points in Dhaka, has been recorded during the survey.
From the statistics collected, specific standards of noise pollution will be determined.
Based on this, the existing Noise Pollution (Control) Rules, 2006 will be amended to make it more practical and up-to-date, the presentation added.
The Environment Minister said various effective measures are being taken and implemented under the Integrated and Partnership Project to Control Noise Pollution.
The survey report will be published later, and the noise pollution control rules will be amended accordingly, he continued.
Furthermore, cooperation is needed from BRTA and Bangladesh Police to control noise pollution, he said.
Associate Professor (ENT) of Dhaka Medical College Hospital Dr Husne Qamar Mazumdari made a presentation.
The presentation pointed that sound pollution has longstanding health effects on human body, including developing anxiety, health and mental disorder, suicide tendency, depression and so on.
Secretary of the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry Farhina Ahmed, Chairman of BRTA Nur Mohammad Mazumder, Dean of Law Faculty of Dhaka University D Sima Jaman and others spoke at the workshop.
Abdul Hamid, Director General of the Department of Environment, chaired the event.
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