Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Monday, January 23, 2017 06:37:35 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Fire at Gulshan market

By
05th-Jan-2017       Readers ( 75 )   0 Comments
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all (0) »

A DEVASTATING fire once again gutted a sprawling two storied city market at Gulshan-1 reducing at least 300 shops to ashes rendering shop owners penniless. They don't know how to rebuild their life anew. The fire at the market on Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) land was doused after 16 hours of struggle by 22 units of fire fighting units and given the scale of fire what is a matter of complacent is that none was killed although many sustained injuries trying to save their property.

Shop owners blame sabotage at the market place as there was a move to build a multi-storied building at the place and the shop owners were opposing the move. Even there is a case in the court now challenging the move to clear the market and many fear that the market was set on fire as a short-cut way of eviction. We don't know where lies the truth and if it were so it is just a brutal act and a heinous crime. However the DNCC Mayor Annisul Haq has categorically ruled out the sabotage theory and several probe committees have been set up to ascertain the cause of the accident. But many people have no trust in such probe bodies as they just divert people's attention for the time being. The committees also don't make their findings public and there is also hardly any follow up action as past experience shows from the government.

What is most significant is that the big market in city has no fire fighting equipment and such other safety measures. Such a devastating fire destroyed part of Bashundhara City shopping mall last year increasing the call for more fire safety equipment at all city shopping malls and high rise buildings. A similar fire early last year at a shopping mall at Uttara also gutted many shops and killed at least five persons when the lift had broken apart. What we want to say is that if they had listened to the call shop owners at Gulshan-1 could avert the fire. Investment to such fire fighting equipment when shared by many is not too big either. But their losses are too big now from neglect, which many may not be able to recover any time sooner. As shop owners have no insurance cover, there is hardly other way to overcome the fall out of the disaster.

We must say that the government must immediately initiate a survey at all shopping malls and high rise buildings to make sure they have fire-fighting equipment and other safety measures in all such places. In our view any one to be found not paying heed to such move must be punished. because with them safety of thousands of shoppers and home dwellers are involved. Their licenses must be withheld until they installed such measures. 

0 Comments. Share your thoughts also.
Write a comment
Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Sports »

Thailand`s Kititharak Jongkolpha (left) and Rawinda Prajongjai pose with their trophies after defeating Hong Kong pair Ying Suet and Poon Lok Yan in their women`s doubles final match at the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament in Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia on Sunday.


Editorial »

Sovereign Wealth Fund is good, question is safety


THE New Nation on Saturday reported that the Finance Ministry is planning to create the country's first ever sovereign wealth fund (SWF) to utilize the huge foreign currency reserve laying idle at Bangladesh Bank. The plan has come to the fore at a time when remittance inflow is on decline ...

Entertainment »

Sonakshi Sinha has a weird wish


Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha, who became a muse for designer Monisha Jaisingh’s Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017 show, says she would love to do an underwater fashion show someday. “There are so many things I still want to achieve. As for walking on the ramp, I am a water baby ...

Entertainment »

Razzak turns 76 today


Entertainment Report :Country’s one of the legendary film actors Razzak turns 76 today. Every year Channel i celebrate Razzak’s birthday in special way. The channel will air one-hour special programme from 12:00pm to celebrate the day. To be produced by Anonna Ruma and to be hosted by Dilruba Sathi Razzak ...

City »

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina enjoying display of the students at the concluding ceremony of the sports competition of different schools and madrashas of the country at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in the city on Sunday.


City »

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaking at a gossip organised for journalists, politicians and intellectuals by Zia Smrity Pathagar in the auditorium of Dhaka Reporters Unity on Sunday.


International »

Kremlin hopes for rapport with US, but differences will stay


AP, Moscow :Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman voiced hope for a constructive dialogue with President Donald Trump's administration in comments broadcast Saturday, but warned that differences will remain.Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with state Rossiya television that it would be an "illusion" to expect that U.S.-Russian relations would be ...

Sports »

Ageless Nadal outlasts teenager, Serena cruises


AFP, Melbourne :Rafael Nadal's ageing legs outlasted German teenager Alexander Zverev in an epic five sets as Serena Williams sailed into the last 16 at the Australian Open on Saturday.Nadal needed all his trademark grit against Zverev, 19, dubbed "the future of tennis", and his superior fitness told as he ...

Football »

Bangladesh National Women`s Football team accorded reception


Sports Reporter :Envoy Group accorded a reception to Bangladesh National Women's Football team at the conference room of Bangladesh Football Federation House on Saturday. Bangladesh National Women's Football team became runners-up in the SAFF Women's Championship at Siliguri in India on January 4. Bangladesh National Women's Football team lost to ...

Editorial »

America for America is not greatness


AS the world watches on, Mr Donald J. Trump as the new US President started rolling his make America great again policy in the very first day in office making the rest of the world feel all their anticipated fears coming into reality. His first executive order slashed parts of ...

Entertainment »

Priyanka Chopra slays on Jimmy Kimmel Live yet again!


After bagging her second consecutive People's Choice Award, Priyanka Chopra made her way back to the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, to promote Quantico. The show started off with Kimmel telling PeeCee how she smells so good, beginning the chitchat on a high and peppy note. When asked about New York ...

City »

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaking at a representative conference of Zia Parishad in the auditorium of the Engineers Institution in the city on Saturday.


International »

British foreign secretary `positive and optimistic` on Trump


AP, Yangon :British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he's "positive and optimistic" that the policies of newly inaugurated President Donald Trump would work in Britain's favor.Johnson, who is visiting Myanmar, said Saturday he was "very optimistic" a trade deal could be done quickly with the new president, once Britain had ...

Editorial »

OIC must forge unity to assert its weight


THE meeting of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday ended with the call of the 57-member body for strong UN intervention to end the humanitarian crisis. The communiqué adopted at the end of the meeting emphasized immediate halt of atrocities, unhindered humanitarian access, end to ...

Entertainment »

Alvi pairs up with Selim again


Entertainment Report :National Film Award winner actor Shahiduzzaman Selim and Lux star Alvi worked together in several numbers of faction plays and drama serials. Their acted a new serial is being aired in a satellite channel now. However, M Dulal is making a new serial titled Tout Plus to cast ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news