Noise Pollution, its Causes and Health Consequences in Bangladesh

IJEP 42(12): 1495-1500 : Vol. 42 Issue. 12 (December 2022)

Kudrat-E-Khuda Babu1* and Md. Raisul Islam2

1. Daffodil International University, Department of Law, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2. University of Rajshahi, Law and Land Administration, Bangladesh


Noise pollution is, in addition to water and air problems, one of the emerging hazards that affect the quality of life in Bangladesh, especially in its capital city Dhaka, badly. The level of noise pollution in most parts of the metropolitan region exceeds stipulated standard limits by upto 20 dB. Even in the morning hours, it does not fall below 55 dB in the so-called silent zones. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a number of adverse effects of long exposure to moderate level noise or sudden exposure to excessive noise. The majority of Dhaka (the capital city of Bangladesh) residents are reportedly unaware of the negative impacts of noise pollution. Even they do not think of noise as a pollutant and treat it as a part of their daily life. However, people nowadays start realizing the adverse impact of noise pollution and the importance of noise pollution control. But, people are not properly aware of the issue. Therefore, there is still much work to be done to educate the people in this regard. The concerned authorities’ actions in this regard are not adequate enough to address this burning issue properly. Moreover, the existing environmental regulations in Bangladesh are also not satisfactory to deal with this invisible enemy. The existing paper aims to determine the causes of noise pollution and its impacts on urban life; scrutinize the prevailing related laws and policies and conclude with recommendations to stop noise pollution.


Bangladesh, Dhaka, Noise pollution, Human health, Urban life   


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