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93 percent of restaurants in the capital did not comply with the law

93 percent of restaurants in the capital did not comply with the law

After Nimtoli-Churihatta, Moghbazar-Fulbaria. The fire broke out on Bailey Road as soon as FR Tower reached its peak. From destroyed-burnt shops, markets to restaurants. After the accident, the usual operation began. After the sealing of the building, the investigation committee was formed. The report did not see the face of the light again somewhere fire. As if the capital is under the grip of a vicious circle.

According to research, there are about 28,000 restaurants in the capital Dhaka. Of these, 1 thousand 31 have been approved in the southern city, while the number in the north is only 1 thousand 105. Out of 28 thousand, 26 thousand did not comply with the law. In other words, 93 percent of the restaurants in Dhaka city did not comply with the law. Before the accident, there was no supervision at those places, none of the related institutions, including the Capital Development Authority (RAJUK), did not fulfill their responsibilities. After the Bailey Road incident, all the blame is now being put on the shoulders of the restaurant owners. The traditional manpower crisis and legal complications are brought forward.

It raises the question of what is the reason and why – or this situation?

Urban planner Dr. Akhtar Mahmud said, ‘The events that are happening have not been tried to create an example. If these incidents were punished, someone could be made responsible, then maybe others could refrain from this act.’

Rajuk approves commercial buildings. They decide what will happen on which floor after branch selection. They are supposed to give the occupancy certificate after seeing if everything is in accordance with the design. However, Rajuk is not saying anything clearly about why this certificate cannot be confirmed.

Rajuk approves commercial buildings.  Photo: The Independent

Rajuk Chairman Anichur Rahman Mia said, ‘Every person obeys the law, it is the word of the law. The one who applied for a plan, he will not accept that the plan was approved due to his application! So what millions of buildings can I oversee? Then I need 50 thousand people.’

The city corporation is not taking responsibility. They say that apart from granting the trade license, they are not supposed to look at anything else. When asked about this, the Chief Executive Officer of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mizanur Rahman said, I have to trust the mutual organizations. It is consistent. So if Rajuk approves something as commercial, we assume it is commercial.

In response to a question, Mizanur Rahman said, “We have a standard to check whether there is suitability for a restaurant or a hotel or not.”

Prior to 2020, building codes did not address the question of restaurant fire safety. The 2003 Act still gives certificates. The rules of that law were made in 2014 but were not approved. Analysts say that without filling these gaps, raids, raids or arrests of employees will do nothing.

Bailey Road building destroyed by fire.  Photo: The Independent

Sheikh Muhammad Mehdi Ahsan, general secretary of the Institute of Planners said, “Unified information system, data system, data sharing protocol is actually not ours. If these can be created then this data from Rajuk will be accessed by individual agencies through your individual dashboards and they will take decisions based on that information.’

Former Director General of Fire Service Bri. General (Retd.) Ali Ahmed Khan said, people are not clear or educated about these issues. We always blame each other. So a proper guideline for safety is definitely needed to ensure service to people.’