‘Green Dhaka’, a project initiated by Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) to make Dhaka a green city within three years, started its campus campaigning with a view to encouraging students in tree plantation. The campaign began at Brac University campus yesterday.
22,000 pound Carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted only some 10 lakhs transports running in Dhaka city. Temperature in the capital is always 2 to 4 degree Celsius higher than that of the neighboring districts. “Dhaka is turning gradually into an urban heat island (UHI). This is high time we took initiative to save Dhaka through awareness building campaigning,” said Rupai Islam, managing director of Green Dhaka project.
As a part of the plan to make Dhaka a clean and green city 10,000 metallic trash cans would be set up in the capital by June this year. Their sizes will be bigger than post boxes, said Brig Gen Dr. S M M Saleh Bhuiyan, chief health officer, DNCC, while speaking as the chief guest in the opening ceremony of the campaign.
Moreover, eco- buses from DNCC will reach houses with seedlings, pesticides, fertiliser and pots to encourage people to plant different trees in their house roofs, balconies, open spaces around their houses and even inside their room, he said.
The campaign, in association with Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) and Universal Medical College and Hospital Limited, would continue to take place gradually in every educational institution in the capital and students will be given plants, said Green Dhaka managing director.