first_imgParticipants pose for a photograph at a roundtable on ways to curb fire incidents organised by Prothom Alo at Karwan Bazar on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloDhaka North City Corporation mayor Atiqul Islam has said that building owners who will comply with fire safety checklists will get special concessions from authorities while those not adhering to the rules will face punishment.“The factories which will not comply with the checklist would be stripped off their trade license,” Atiqul told a roundtable on Sunday.Prothom Alo organised the roundtable on ways to curb fire incidents in association with Sheltech at the daily’s Karwan Bazar office.Mayor Atiqul urged the house owners to build awareness to ensure fire safety of their respective buildings.“I request all to take measures such as installing fire protection alarm, conducting fire drills and installing emergency exit sign so that no more lives are lost in fire,” Atiqul added.Terming the future of Dhaka city as hazardous, former chairman of University Grants Commission and urban development planner Nazrul Islam said, “We will face many problems without a master plan and detailed area plan for the city.”Dwelling on importance of efficient implementation of plans taken by government authorities, he said that honesty and accountability of the officials are most important.Nazrul Islam also stressed coordination among the government bodies for efficient urban management.Sheltech managing director Towfique M Seraj in his presentation pointed out several inconsistencies in related codes and stressed periodic reviews of the codes, including of Bangladesh National Building Code 2006.Terming the recent FR Tower fire incident as a wakeup call, BUET’s mechanical engineering department professor Maksud Helali called for consulting fire engineers before approving the design of any building.Institute of Architects Bangladesh’s former president Mobasshar Hossein underscored the need for introducing city government and empowering the city corporation mayor to ensure effective governance.BUET’s urban and regional planning department professor Ishrat Islam said that the developers who construct a building without following proper building code should be immediately banned.She also called for introducing fire insurance system for every building.Fire Service and Civil Defence’s outgoing director general Ali Ahmad Khan said that strengthening regulatory bodies is necessary for curbing fire incidents.He also called for setting area based hydrant system or water reservoir in Dhaka city.Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakka’s (RAJUK) chief engineer Raihanul Ferdous agreed that RAJUK failed to implement occupancy certificate system fully.RAJUK has failed to set up proper monitoring mechanism due to lack of manpower, he added.Prothom Alo associate editor Anisul Hoque, managing director of Building Technologies Ideas (BTI) FR Khan, former REHAB president Tasbirul Haque Proval, BUET’s professor of architecture department M Shahidul Ameen, BUET’s architecture department’s chief Nasrin Hossain, Bangladesh Institute of Planners’ general secretary Adil Mohammad Khan, and Sheltech director Samia Seraj, among others spoke at the roundtable moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayyum.last_img

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