RAJUK starts checking high-rises

Staff Correspondent

2 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (RAJUK) on Monday launched a two-day inspection of high-rise buildings in the capital to find out whether they were built following approved design and in compliance with safety rules.

The city development authorities have gone for the inspection of the high-rises, mainly commercial buildings, in the wake of the recent fire incidents in the city.

“We’re conducting inspection to identify the buildings which have no fire exits and other fire safety measures,” RAJUK director (law) and supervising officer for Zone-7 Ananda Kumar Biswas, said.

Three teams under Ananda Kumar are inspecting high-rise buildings in Zone-7 that comprises  Keraniganj, Zurain, Sutrapur and Wari.

A five-member RAJUK team visited an under-construction building in Kamrangirchar area around noon. They talked to the owner of the building and checked at its plan.

Another Rajuk team designated to inspect Zone-4, visited Prasad Trade Centre on Banani’s Kamal Ataturk Avenue and found various irregularities in construction of the building. Mamun Mia, director of the zone, told the journalists, they have found a restaurant at the entrance to Prasad Trade Centre which should not have been there.

“We’ve instantly closed operation of the restaurant and gave order to move it,” he said. “If the restaurant is not shifted, we’ll take legal action through mobile court,” he added.

The RAJUK team also found the building was constructed ignoring the approved design, which goes against Building Construction Act, Mamun added.

Most of the city high-rises, including business establishments, shopping malls, educational institutions and even private hospitals do not have necessary fire safety measures.  In a survey on 3,786 establishments in 2017, the Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD) found that 1,069 have no fire safety measures and 2,588 have some fire-safety measures. Only 129 were identified as satisfactory.

The establishments surveyed include schools, colleges, universities, shopping malls, banks, hospitals, media centres and residential hotels.