However, no particular deadline has been set for the start of the relocation process
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has instructed concerned authorities to relocate and remove all the chemical factories and warehouses situated in Old Dhaka.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader made the remark while addressing the press during his visit to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital to see the victims of the Chawkbazar fire incident around 11am on Friday.
“After the Nimtoli incident in 2010, the government had evacuated some of chemical factories and storehouses from the area," he said. "But these businessmen are always coming back, re-establishing the factories which contain highly flammable materials thus risking the lives of thousands.”
"Honourable prime minister has instructed Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) to immediately relocate the chemical factories and warehouses operating here," he added.
When asked about any particular deadlines regarding the relocation process, Quader said: "We are yet to set a deadline for the relocation of all kinds of chemical shops and warehouses from this densely populated area. But it will happen soon."
Chawakbazar fire incident has claimed the lives of 67.