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HC seeks report on fire safety measures at high-rise buildings in Dhaka

  • Published at 01:44 pm April 1st, 2019
File photo of Bangladesh Supreme Court Dhaka Tribune

The High Court bench comprising of Justices Syed Refaat Ahmed and Md Iqbal Kabir issued the interim order on Monday

The High Court on Monday directed the authorities concerned to submit a detail report on fire safety measures at high-rise buildings in the capital.

The mayors of two city corporations, Rajdhani Unnyan Katripakkha (Rajuk) chairman and Fire Service and Civil Defence authorities have been asked to submit the report jointly within four months.  

The High Court bench comprising of Justices Syed Refaat Ahmed and Md Iqbal Kabir issued the interim order on Monday.

The court also ordered the Director General of Fire Service and Civil Defence to submit a separate report within one month on equipment, manpower and other necessities to douse fire.

The court also issued a rule asking the concerned authorities to explain within two weeks why awareness on fire safety and training of civil defence will not be included in the national textbook curriculum.

The High Court in a rule asked the government why it should not be directed to pay compensation to the families of the victims who lost their lives in Old Dhaka’s Chawkbazar and Banani’s FR Tower fire incidents.

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The court in a rule asked the government to explain why it should not be directed to set up a fire station in the Gulshan area.

Secretaries of ministries of home affairs, Food and Disaster Management, Housing and Public Works, Fire Service and Civil Defence Directorate director general, Rajuk chairman, and mayors of both city corporations were made respondents for the writ.

Barrister Sukla Sarwat Siraj, secretary general of Gulshan Society, on March 31, filed the writ petition challenging the legality of constructing buildings in Dhaka without adequate fire safety measures.

Around 80% buildings in Dhaka have no proper approval from Rajuk.

There are 12 fire stations in the Dhaka Metropolitan area which covers around 340 square kilometers space with approximately 20 million people.

The writ came following the recent fire incidents in the capital, that claimed several lives, 26 alone in FR Tower fire in Banani on March 28.

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