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PM: Conduct structural surveys on all bridges, culverts

The order comes in the wake of the recent train accident in Moulvibazar

Update : 25 Jun 2019, 06:40 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered Bangladesh Railways and the Road Transport and Highways Division to conduct structural surveys, and find out any bridges and culverts that need to be renovated.

She ordered for the surveys to be done before the end of the rainy season, at a meeting with The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec), on Tuesday.

Planning Minister MA Mannan, at a press conference at the end of the meeting, informed reporters, reports BSS.

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"The prime minister has instructed us to conduct the surveys, following the recent deaths that occurred after the derailment of Upaban Express coaches due to a bridge collapse in Moulvibazar," the minister said.

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"Those bridges that are marked risky must be renovated before the end of the rainy season, the prime minister said," Minister Mannan added.

On Sunday, five coaches of Dhaka-bound Upaban Express went off the railway tracks after a culvert it was crossing broke down at Baramchal in Kulaura in Moulvibazar of Sylhet, killing four people and injuring around 100 others.

However, rescue officials said there could be more corpses underneath the derailed bogies, all of which are yet to be moved.

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