• Monday, Sep 28, 2020
  • Last Update : 09:14 pm

A fundamental flaw

  • Published at 10:54 pm June 23rd, 2019
Photo: BIGSTOCK
Photo: BIGSTOCK

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. 

56
55
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail