Flammable plastic grain shops and storehouses have mushroomed in the old parts of Dhaka, risking the lives of the local people, as fire may ignite any time from such materials.
Although the authorities concerned listed 29 risky flammable substances and decided to remove those from the areas, the plastic grain was not included on the list.According to Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Dhaka University (DU), Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN) is needed for producing plastic grain.
Hydrogen cyanide is extremely poisonous and flammable liquid chemical compound.
If it spreads in air, it may cause even death. Neither water nor sand can extinguish the fire, if it spreads in air.
The plastic grain shops and storehouses are found at Chawkbazar, Lalbagh, Hazribagh and Bangshal in the old part of Dhaka.
Besides, the shops are also seen in Sutrapur and Kotwali areas in the city.
Resident Jahangir Alam of Rahmatganj said that the people of Old Dhaka are living in fear of inferno, as fire may spark from those plastic grain shops.After the fire at Churihatra, some chemical storehouses were relocated, but the authorities took no action against the plastic grains, he added.
“We hope that the government will relocate the plastic grain shops and storehouses to another place for safety of people,” he said.
When contacted, Dr Md Nurul Amin, chairman of Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at DU, has termed the plastic grain as a flammable substance.
He suggested such business should be removed from any residential areas for safety of the local people.