Two city corporation mayor and councillor hopefuls are giving pledges to develop a clean and eco friendly city. They are saying that if elected they will make Dhaka livable. But ironically, their campaigns are using plastic, which has potential to cause severe environmental degradation.
As per environmental law, production, marketing and usage of polythene is illegal but so far, the magistrates have not taken any action against the usage of plastic in the pre polls hustings.
The plastic used for posters turn into menace during monsoons when it blocks drains, sewerage lines, creating overflow of putrid water, leading to disease and contamination.
The usage of plastic for campaigns is dissonant with the Clean Dhaka Green Dhaka slogans.
Election Commission joint secretary Forhad Ahmed Khan, adds: “The rules state the usage of black and white posters, though the laminating does not fall into a breach of law. However, this is harmful for the environment.”
General secretary of pro environment body, POBA, Abdus Sobhan, adds: “Strict stance must be taken against those who use polythene; we cannot expect such contamination by people who will be taking over the welfare of the city in the future.”