Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A disaster waiting to happen

It is very stressing that compound distribution centers keep on working in Old Dhaka, which implies that we have neglected to draw exercises from the Nimtoli fire in 2010 that slaughtered 123 individuals. As indicated by an overview led by the Fire Service and Civil Defense in 2017, a joined aggregate of 360 manufacturing plants and stores of synthetic compounds were found to work in the territories. In any case, inhabitants of Old Dhaka state that the number could be near 1,000. Notwithstanding the real number, the reality remains that these foundations present huge peril to the occupants of Old Dhaka.

The Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) quit giving new licenses to industrial facilities and giving authorization for restoration of licenses since a year ago. Thus, the Department of Explosives has not offered consent to any compound distribution center in Old Dhaka in the last seven to eight years. The law likewise bars business associations, including processing plants and concoction stockrooms, from being housed in private structures. Notwithstanding this, every synthetic processing plant and stockrooms must secure a permit from the flame administration and common safeguard division, as recommended in the Fire Prevention and Control Act, 2003. This day by day has detailed in the past that various concoction distribution centers and processing plants had set up shop in the capital without permit. This data focuses to the stressing certainty that the usage of laws identifying with compound processing plants is fundamentally non-existent.

The DSCC must go past sporadic drives and set up an observing framework that consistently checks the presence of illicit synthetic processing plants working in the territory and make suitable move against the proprietors rather than just forcing a fine. There is an earnest requirement for coordination among all concerned government services and offices. The procedure of migration of these production lines should likewise be accelerated.

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