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HC: Submit action plan to turn Old Dhaka liveable

  • Published at 01:06 am March 7th, 2019
Chawkbazar Fire
Little progress has been made in the nine years since the government undertook efforts to relocate the chemical factories and warehouses in Old Dhaka, leaving the residents vulnerable to incidents like the devastating Chawkbazar fire Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Concerned officials will held personally responsible, if they fail to submit the action plan on April 9

The High Court has asked the authorities concerned to submit before it the action plan in compliance with its earlier order to make the Old Dhaka liveable.

The bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal passed the order following a supplementary petition on Wednesday.

Following the deadly fire at Chawkbazar that killed 71 people on February 20, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) and Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela) had filed the supplementary petition.

It was mentioned in the petition that after the Nimtoli fire in 2010, the High Court ordered the government to devise an action plan for the old part of the capital to make it liveable.

The action plan included removing chemical warehouses, creating awareness about firefighting system and establishing hydrant points along with separate water lines to extinguish fire.

Petitioners' lawyers Sara Hossain and Syed Rizwana Hasan sought court's directives.

Saying nine years have elapsed since the Nimtoli tragedy, the court on Wednesday asked for hearing the main case instead of delivering an interim order and then issued the order to submit the action plan.

The court said officials concerned will personally be responsible if they fail to submit the action plan on April 9 through affidavit.

It also termed unfortunate the non-implementation of the 17-point recommendation put forward by the government probe panel after the Nimtoli fire incident.