RAJUK continues drives to identify faulty high-rises

Staff Correspondent

3 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) continued its drive against the building code violators for the second consecutive day on Tuesday.

Twenty-four teams of RAJUK conducted the drives in different areas of the capital and on its outskirts on the second day.

Each team comprises of authorised officer, assistant authorised officer, chief building inspector and building inspector, said RAJUK’s public relation and protocol Officer Md Atiqur Rahman.

The RAJUK official said the teams are collection information of high-rise buildings above 9 storied to detect any faults and deviations from the designs approved by RAJUK.

The RAJUK team inspected high-rises in Gulshan, Banani, Mohakhali, Purbachal, Dhanmondi, Lalbagh, Keraniganj, Sutrapur, Wari, Motijheel, Mirpur, Bhulta, Ashulia, Dhamsena, Tongi, Uttara, Gazipur, Demara, Narayanganj, Sonargaon, Savar and other areas.

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.

RAJUK launched the massive drive following the devastating fire at Banani’s FR in the capital that killed 26 lives.