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Chunnu alleges lack of coordination in fire safety drives

  • ‘10,106 buildings are risky in Dhaka city’
  • Authorities need to take a concerted, slow, and steady approach, says Chunnu 
Update : 05 Mar 2024, 08:45 PM

Jatiya Party MP elected from Kishoreganj and Opposition Chief Whip Mujibul Haque Chunnu on Tuesday alleged lack of coordination in the drives against risky and unauthorized buildings operating amid fire risk.

“A magistrate went and destroyed a shop. Another goes and says, stop. The authorities need to take a concerted, slow, and steady approach to conducting fire safety drives,” he said.

He said this while participating in an unscheduled discussion in Parliament.

Referring to the fire incident on Bailey Road, the secretary general of the Jatiya Party said that he does not know what steps have been taken by the government after the fire incident on Bailey Road.

“But I have seen that various departments are working so quickly,” he said.

He said that some 10,106 buildings are risky in Dhaka city and among those eight markets.If safety measures are not taken after discussion with the owners and builders of these buildings, another accident may happen at any time,” he said. 

The ruling party MP elected from the reserved women's seat, Tarana Halim, said that after such a fire in old Dhaka, a decision was taken to shift the chemical factories, but the local people didn’t cooperate.

She requested that all the government departments do their work in a coordinated way. “And people will support it. It will save their lives.”

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