Dhaka city needs a makeover so that our buildings and structure meet the criteria for ensuring proper fire safety
It is unfortunate to know that the majority of buildings in Dhaka city suffer from a fundamental design flaw -- the lack of a fire-escape.
This revelation, made by experts at a workshop organized by Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) as part of the implementation of the Bangladesh Urban Resilience Project (URP) project, presented a grim reality -- Dhaka is still woefully under-prepared when it comes to dealing with fire safety.
There is little doubt that, when it comes to urbanization and construction -- which includes ensuring structurally-sound designs and construction practices -- Bangladesh as a whole has a long way to go.
While the collapse of Rana Plaza back in 2013 should have been the wake-up call for the country, unfortunately -- though there have been attempts addressing the myriad issues -- this has not been the case.
Just earlier this year in March, the fire at FR tower in Banani showed the inadequacy of the city’s fire-fighting abilities, be it the faulty designs within the structure or the tardiness of emergency services.
Despite the monumental economic achievements that Bangladesh continues to make, these achievements mean little if the people cannot feel safe.
Dhaka city needs a makeover so that our buildings and structure meet the criteria for ensuring proper fire safety. Ensuring that our buildings have at least basic design elements such as separate fire escape routes will be a good start.