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DPDC probe finds no transformer explosion at Chawkbazar

  • Published at 05:40 pm February 22nd, 2019
Fire Service workers at Chawkbazar fire site
File photo: Fire service teams working to find any injured or recover bodies, while sweeping the area for explosives and corrosive materials at Old Dhaka's Chawkbazar on Thursday, February 21, 2018 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

After the devastating fire, DPDC formed a two-member probe committee headed by Dhaka Power Development Company Managing Director Bikash Dewan

Although there is no specific information of the origin of Wednesday’s destructive fire in Chawkbazar, one section of the public has blamed the low quality transformers manufactured by the Dhaka Power Distribution Company’s (DPDC) over the blaze. However, DPDC’s investigation has proved that the fire was not caused by a transformer explosion.

After the devastating fire, DPDC formed a two-member probe committee headed by Dhaka Power Development Company Managing Director Bikash Dewan. The committee was asked to submit its report by Saturday. 

The probe committee visited the area on Friday morning and conducted its investigation. 

Subsequently, Bikash Dewan said no DPDC transformer exploded during the blaze.

 “No transformer blast occurred during the fire at Churihatta. However, three electricity polls, four spans of low voltage cables, and five spans of aerial bundle cables were damaged,” he said.

He further said there were no transformers around Wahid Mansion, the building nearest where the fire reportedly originated.

“The transformers at Haidarbox lane and Katara Community Centre are both intact an undamaged,” Dewan added.

Executive Engineer Harichandra Hawlader of Lalbagh zone said 12 transformers were switched off right after the fire. Power supply will resumed wherever possible after the city corporation cleans up the debris.

The DPDC further said that they will switch on the transformers and start replacing wires and polls after completion of the cleaning work in the area.

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