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A raid will be launched within this week at the chemical godowns that pose threat to safety of the residents in the city.
“None will be spared if anyone stocks chemicals at these risky godowns and strict actions will be taken against the owners,” Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayor Sayeed Khokon said.
He said this while addressing a roundtable conference styled ‘Fire Safety and Security Issues in Bangladesh: Challenge and Way Forward’ jointly organised by Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defense department and Electronic Safety and Security Association of Bangladesh (ESSAB) at Bangabandhu International Conference Center, Agargoan in the capital on Saturday.
Sayeed Khokon Said, “Chemical godowns are a big problem in highly populated Old Dhaka. Although initiatives have been taken after Nimtoli tragedy, nothing could be implemented. Chemical godowns will be removed through mobile court. No one will be given permission to run their business except the non-risky chemical factories.” He expressed his sorrow over the fact that people raise questions about the cause of fire but there was
Mentioning a few fire accidents including that in the city corporation market in Gulshan and Korail Basti, Mayor said, “There was complaints from the public that the fire incident was an act of sabotage, but following investigation could not give any result. It was not possible to know the cause of the fire.
If those fire accidents were criminal activities, we want exemplary punishment. I urge the law enforcement agencies as well as the fire service authority that we want exemplary punishment for at least one crime, he said.
The fire started from the gas cylinder. He said that those should come under the control of law.

Mayor said, “There exist thousands of problems in 120 square kilometers of Dhaka city. Of those, fire remains a very big challenge. However, the capability of fire service has increased a lot in last 10 years. It may take some more time to reach the desired target but with time the capacity will increase. If we can install censor in gas lines of the city, it will be a breakthrough.” He urged the authorities concerned to take necessary measures in this regard.

He also said that a project related to Disaster Management with the support of World Bank is underway. About 75 percent of the project has already been completed. By the year ahead, everyone will get the benefit of the project.

Director General of Fire Service and Civil Defense Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan presented the keynote paper at the beginning of the roundtable conference.