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
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)