The level of air pollution in Chittagong has reached an unbearable level. Due to dust and sand, the road users are being crushed. The number of patients affected by air pollution is increasing in various hospitals. For this, the prominent people are blaming the unplanned development work and the negligence of the concerned department.
Chittagong city is now a kingdom of dust. A layer of dust has accumulated on various busy roads and buildings and leaves of trees. Elevated expressway project sand, cement, bricks and various construction materials have been left on the side of the road. Air pollution from Lalkhanbazar to the airport has reached its peak.
Residents say that due to the ongoing work of the flyover, people’s lives have become fed up with dust and pollution on the roads.
An air quality index of 201 or above is considered unhealthy. According to the Department of Environment, this value is 231 in Chittagong.
Environmentalist Dr. Muhammad Idris Ali said, ‘Because we breathe through this dust and sand, many harmful substances enter the body and block many narrow vessels. Various physical problems appear in it.’
People of all ages, including children and the elderly, are affected by these dusts flying in the air of the city. It increases the number of patients with respiratory problems due to air pollution.
Cardiology and medicine specialist Dr. Mohammad Abidur Shahedin Chowdhury Abid said that this year, at least 10 to 15 percent more patients with respiratory problems have come to the hospital for treatment than other years.
Experts blame unplanned urbanization for such a situation. They say that in any developmental work, the advantages and disadvantages of the city dwellers are supposed to be prioritized, but it is always neglected.
Akhtar Kabir Chowdhury, president of the Conscious Citizens Committee, said that unplanned construction work in the name of development in Chittagong is now the main cause of environmental destruction. City dwellers want to see effective measures to protect from air pollution.