Bangladesh is a non-pollutant country of a global scale, identified in the Kyoto Protocol for its ignorable contribution to the global warming. However its inland pollution is significant in relation to that of the pollutant countries. It is so because of the high level of emission of hazardous gases from different kinds of transports' found injurious to public health. And this propensity has made the city life miserable.
Perhaps the gas emission level of most of the vehicles increases considerably due to irresponsible behaviour of their drivers. As they hardly abide by the traffic rules and are more often than not in the mood of reckless driving, they damage the vehicles within a short time. The lack of culture for periodical maintenance also causes a significant increase in the emission level of vehicles, particularly those used as public transport.
It is unwise to blame the drivers alone on this count. The importers, car owners as well as the government have also to bear a good part of the responsibility for polluting the city environment. Importers do not check the emission level while importing vehicles. The buyers of vehicles also keep nominal budget for maintenance. And for all these, government is to blame as it has not yet set the standard for gas emission level of automobiles in the country. The government must be serious on this issue to save the city people from ill health and also its expenditure on public health.