The mayor stated this at a public hearing on fire safety in Old Dhaka, on Thursday
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon said there are more than 35 combustible substances in Old Dhaka.
“These combustible substances have to be identified. These are considered explosive and are very risky,” he said.
He made the statement at a public hearing on "Fire Risk-Free and a Safe Old Dhaka" at the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) in Dhaka on Thursday.
He urged everyone to work together to make south Dhaka a safer area.
Experts were present at the event and expressed their opinions about safety issues.
Executive Director of Ain o Salish Kendra Sheepa Hafiza remarked that it is important to ensure accountability instead of blame each other for such incidents.
“A decade has passed since the Nimtali incident. We have lost faith in the state when it comes to ensuring safety. The state has a responsibility to re-establish our faith.”
She urged the authorities to take necessary steps so that no one else dies due to complications and mismanagement.
Sara Hossain, Executive Director of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust demanded the effective application of existing laws and the reform of laws where necessary.
Professor Sultana Razia, head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) said: “Bangladesh imports around 17 thousand chemicals. Where are these chemicals going? Where are they being stored? We need to ask these questions.
“The government has a responsibility to find out the answers to these questions and take proper action.”
She said there should be short, mid, and long-term plans to combat the threat.
“These businesses contribute to economic growth. But ensuring safety comes first,” she added.