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Published: Sunday, June 9, 2013

EAM Asaduzzaman, Nilphamari

 

 

Toxic black smoke emitting from a brick kiln, only 50 metres away from Duhuli community clinic in Nilphamari Sadar upazila, pollutes the environment of the area and poses serious heath risk to patients. Photo: Star

 

A brick kiln, set up on an agricultural land adjacent to a densely populated area of Duhuli village in Sadar upazila under the district poses serious health hazard, especially to patients of a nearby health care centre.

The kiln named NBL Bricks is only 50 metres away from Duhuli community clinic at Duhuli village.


During a visit to the area on May 26, this correspondent found quite a few patients including pregnant women, elderly people and children standing in a queue to get treatment and medicine from the clinic.

Several of them complained of feeling unwell and even breathing problem as the brick kiln emits hot fume and dust particles. Besides, heavy vehicles passing by the clinic to carry bricks from the kiln cause noise pollution and pose risk of accident, they said.

The government-run clinic provides health service to about five thousand people in surrounding villages of Uttor Dondori, Dakkhin Dondori and Duhuli and around a hundred patients daily come there for treatment, said Swapna Rani Roy, in charge of the clinic.

As per government rules, no brick kiln should be set up on agricultural lands and near densely populated areas and important establishments, said sources concerned in the deputy commissioner’s office.And so, the kiln was set up in violation of rules.


Dr Abdul Mazid, Sadar upazila health and family planning officer, said, “The kiln near Duhuli community clinic is creating health hazard. There will be added problem as a safe delivery centre under the jurisdiction of the clinic will be inaugurated soon. I shall talk to my higher authority regarding the matter.”

Contacted, Abdul Hye, owner of the brick kiln, also holding the post of treasurer in the clinic management committee, said, “My kiln is environment-friendly as it had been converted into a zigzag one last year and hence it does not emit hot fume and ash. I had set up the kiln long before the community clinic started operation in 2012.”


Nezarat Deputy Collector of the district Mahbub-ul-Islam said, “It was responsibility of the Department of Environment to see actual condition of the kiln and the surrounding area before issuing clearance certificate. As the matter has been brought to our notice, we shall investigate the matter and take necessary step.”

 

Source : thedailystar

 


 

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