Secretariat to be ‘No Horn Zone’ from Tuesday

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The punishment for honking horn in a silent zone is maximum one month in prison or a fine of Tk5,000 or both for first time violators

The streets surrounding the Bangladesh Secretariat in Dhaka are set to become a silent or ‘no horn zone’ from Tuesday.

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin, along with other ministers and officials concerned, made the announcement on Tuesday morning, said Dipankar Bar, public relations officer of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

He said they launched the campaign by distributing leaflets, and making announcements over loudspeakers  in order to prevent sound pollution.

“National Press Club, Zero Point, Paltan intersection, and Secretariat Link Road areas have been included in the campaign. 

As per government decision, no drivers,  regardless of the vehicle they are driving, will be allowed to press horn in these areas,” Dipankar added.

He further added that a mobile court will monitor and execute the situation from Wednesday.

The punishment for honking horn in a silent zone is maximum one month in prison or a Tk5,000 fine or both for first time violators, according to the Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act of 1995. 

For repeat offenders, the punishment is a maximum of six months’  imprisonment  or a Tk10,000 fine or both.