Tajul Islam added that necessary fire safety measures had not been installed in the market
Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister Tajul Islam has admitted authorities neglected to implement fire safety measures at the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) market, following the 2017 fire.
He made the admission after inspecting the scene of the fire that devastated part of the DNCC market in the early hours of Saturday.
The minister told reporters: “Necessary fire safety measures were not present at the temporary shed area of the market, which was built after the 2017 fire. The authorities concerned have shown negligence in this regard.”
Meanwhile, DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam, who was also present at the scene, said: "On multiple occasions in the past, the city corporation had asked traders and shopkeepers to implement proper fire suppression system, but they did not cooperate due to complexity over their shop ownership and leases.
“Under the circumstances, we could not do much to prevent the fire that gutted this market. We need time to resolve the ownership and lease related issues of shops located in this market. This issue is our top priority.”
The mayor continued: "Shopkeepers need to be aware that this market is too congested, and lacks open spaces. We will need around two weeks to rehabilitate people who suffered losses in the fire. They will be compensated under the existing government laws."
The mayor added that legal action will be taken against those who violated the law and regulations.