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Masumuzzaman, Narayanganj

The industrial city and its outskirts are now under fire risk as numerous factories, chemical shops and tall buildings were not constructed as per Fire Service and Civil Defense Act.

There are about 400 dyeing factories, 600 ready-made garment factories and innumerable multi-storied buildings in the district.

SM Maleh road, Tanbazar and BK Das road, Nitaiganj where chemical shops are located, is the most fire risk zone in Narayanganj.

Deputy Director of a zone of Narayanganj Fire Service and Civil Defense, Abdullah Al Arefin told Bangladesh Post that Director General of Fire Brigade and Civil Defense, Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan formed a six member survey committee on Tuesday, to submit report within 15 days after surveying all tall buildings, chemical sell shops and dyeing factories.

“We started to survey on flammable chemical shops, warehouses and tall buildings where we found out that the construction was not done according to the law,” stated Arefin.

Arefin added that more than 6 storey building construction has to follow the fire act and has to make double stair in 48 inches width. And the building owner has to get Fire Service and Civil Defense license.

Another zonal deputy director of Narayanganj Fire and Civil Defense Mamunur Rashid told the Bangladesh post that he found some problems in the construction of factories in Soanrgaon, Rupganj and Araihazar upazila.

However, an executive magistrate Md Uzzwal Hossain while operating a mobile court on Monday, fined two chemical shops at Tanbazar and passed order to reallocate chemical shops within ten days.

According to the fire service office sources, chemical factories of flammable goods need to be located in isolated area. But majority chemical shops are in the populous area.

Narayanganj fire service and civil defense survey team issued letters to those building owners whose basements are used for storing flammable goods, to remove them within fifteen days.

“After completion of the survey, we will file report to the authority and legal action will be taken,” Arefin added.