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2 buildings tilt in Ctg

Residents evacuated

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 22 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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2 buildings tilt in Ctg
A three-storey building tilts in Sadarghat area of the port city of Chattogram. The photo was taken on Tuesday. — sun Photo

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CHATTOGRAM: Two buildings tilted amid excavation work of a canal in the port city’s Majhirghat area on Monday night.

On information, members of Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD) Department and Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) evacuated the people from the risky structures.

However, owners and residents of the buildings expressed resentment blaming the authority for the problem. They also staged a demonstration on Tuesday afternoon.

Sources said excavation work of GuljarKhal in Madarbari area was going on under a mega project taken to address the long-drawn waterlogging crisis in the city.

But, a three-storey building and another two-storey building tilted around 11:00pm on Monday. Around 100 people were living in the buildings.

An adjacent one-storey temple and a tin-roofed house also subsided at that time.

FSCD Chattogram Inspector Kutub Uddin said the buildings became risky for living and all the residents were evacuated in the night.

The supply lines of power and gas were also disconnected, he said.

However, the building owners claimed that they constructed the buildings after getting approvals from the authorities concerned and the buildings got tilted for excavation of the adjacent canal.

The three-storey building owner Shushanta Das said the incident put him in great trouble as he constructed the building with loan.

“We did everything after getting approval. I found no space to take shelter with my family now,” he said.     

The mega Project Director (PD) and Bangladesh Army 34 Engineer Construction Brigade Lieutenant Colonel Md Shah Ali said some portions of the buildings were inside the canal and those were demolished earlier.

“The buildings were not constructed following the approved design resulting in the damage,” he said.

Highest safety measures are being ensured during the project works, added the PD.