Risky buildings to be demolished: Minister
Published: 04:31 PM, 14 January 2019 Updated: 04:59 PM, 14 January 2019
Daily Bangladesh Desk
Housing and Public Works Minister S M Rezaul Karim said that from now on, no unplanned buildings will be allowed to build. Risky buildings will be demolished.
The minister said this after a meeting on earthquake at Housing Ministry of Secretariat office on Monday morning.
Earlier, a review meeting was held in the morning about the ‘Urban Residence Project’ of RAJUK regarding earthquake.
While asking minister about the risky buildings in Old Dhaka, Housing Minister said, “We have some plans. Work is going on to identify buildings that are inaccessible and risky. After identification, they will be demolished.”
“At first, request will be made to owners to demolish the buildings. If they do not demolish those, they will be demolished by the government.”
"Bangladesh is a disaster prone country, so disaster will come. But we have to deal with disasters to prevent unwanted death," he also said.
Regarding the corruption of RAJUK, the minister said, “Please don’t make stereotypes complaints, make specific allegations. Let’s see whether there will be any remedies.”
In response to another question from the journalists, he said that there are 8,000 cases in the court for the removal of the risky buildings. “The initiatives have been taken to resolve these cases quickly. We do not want to do anything by disobeying the law. Again, nothing will stop at the pretext of the law.”
“We will urge the owners to demolish the risky buildings to ensure safety and security of the city people. If they do not want to demolish, we will take the initiative to demolish with legal process,” he added.
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