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HC wants report on fire safety measures in highrise buildings

DHAKA, The High Court (HC) today sought report on

fire safety measures as per Fire Prevention and Extinguishing Act and

National Building Code in highrise buildings here in the capital.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and

Justice Md. Iqbal Kabir passed the order after holding hearing on a writ

filed in this regard and also issued a rule.

The court asked Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK), two city

corporations in Dhaka and Fire Service and Civil Defence authorities to form

committee in this regard in four months and submit the report.

The High Court also ordered the director general of Fire Service and Civil

Defence to submit another report on its equipments, vehicles and manpower

within a month.

Gulshan Society secretary general Barrister Shukla Sarwat Siraj filed the

writ and also moved it before the court. Deputy attorney general Qazi Jinat

Haque stood for the state.

The High Court in its rule asked authorities concerned to explain why

constructing building without fire safety measures shall not be declared

illegal, why order shall not be passed to keep Dhaka city residents safe from

fire caused for violating concerned act, why orders shall not be passed to

compensate families of people killed in Chawkbazar and Banani blazes, among

others.

The court asked home, housing and public works, education, food and

disaster management secretaries, Dhaka north and south city corporations'

mayors, directed general of fire service and RAJUK chairman to respond to the

rule within two weeks.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)