Old Dhaka is a congested part of the capital city. For over a decade now, lots of fire incidents took place in Lalbagh, Hazaribagh, Sadarghat and Siddique Bazar areas where over 500 chemical warehouses and plastic factories are located. Some of them turned out to be the deadliest in the country's history. These fires have left countless people dead or injured. Unabated fire incidents are happening till now. But, nothing tangible has been done to reduce the risks of fire.
The latest incident happened at Chawkbazar on Monday killing six staffers of a restaurant after a fire broke out at a building housing an eatery and plastic goods and polythene warehouses. According to fire officials, the building did not comply with construction rules. It had only one staircase. It also did not have necessary equipment for fire control. The fire officials opined that unplanned building construction had led to the disaster. The authorities concerned should go tough on the violators of house building rules.
Plastic factory owners and related businessmen have urged the government for implementing the project as fast as possible. According to their version, if it is done then the compliance issue will be solved decreasing chances of accidents. At the same time, plastic trade volume will increase and in international competition Bangladeshi products can play a competitive role, thereby enhancing export earnings.