The Government of Bangladesh’s Clean Air and Sustainable Environment Project is working to improve air quality and safe mobility in Dhaka. The World Bank is supporting Bangladesh to improve air quality in major cities and safe mobility in Dhaka through the Clean this Project. The project aims to reduce air pollution in Dhaka city by addressing two main air polluting sectors: the brick construction and the transportation.
The project aims at strengthening the capacity of Air Quality Cell (at the Department of Environment) and reducing emissions from brick kiln through demonstrating cleaner and energy-efficient technologies. The Department of Environment is implementing the environment part of the project and purchasing 6 new Air Quality Stations to increase its current capacity to monitor air quality.
The project is supporting various initiatives to reduce emissions from brick kilns while improving their energy efficiency. For the first time in Bangladesh the ‘Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln’ has been successfully piloted at Savar. To promote this technology, a Technology and Information Center will soon be established. Further, Department of Environment will also start piloting 2 clean technologies: Zig-Zag Kiln and alternative building material in the brick industry within this year. The project would pilot 20 more such brick fields.
The project also aims at reducing conflict between motorized and non-motorized transport, reducing congestion and providing safer and cleaner mobility for pedestrian in the project intervention areas. Dhaka City Corporation has completed construction of 3 foot over bridges in Banani Chairmanbari, NAM garden and Darus Salam area in Dhaka and it will soon start the construction of 2 more foot over bridges. The construction of sidewalks and road improvement at Mohammadpur Area will also be started soon. Dhaka City Corporation has also taken initiative to improve existing traffic signals along Mirpur Road in coordination with the Police.
For longer-term improvement in urban transport, Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (BTCB) has initiated the feasibility study for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along the Uttara-Mohakhali-Sadarghat corridor. Further, DTCB is now revising the Motor Vehicle Ordinance and the Dhaka Transport Coordination Board Act, which are key elements to ensure a long term urban transport solution for Greater Dhaka.
The World Bank is providing USD 62.20 million for the 5 year project that started on October 2009.
Md. Mojahidul Islam