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475 high-rises have no approval: Reazul

Published : Thursday, 23 May, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 834

The inspection teams of Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (RAJUK) have inspected a total 1,818 high-rise buildings from April 1 to 15 this year.
Of the buildings, owners of 475 buildings - 431 owned by private entities and 44 government entities - couldn't show any RAJUK approved designs during the inspection.
After completion of analyszing the data of 1,818 buildings, the authority will start its second phase of inspection of buildings soon.
This time, the authority will conduct the inspection zone by zone, Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim told reporters on Wednesday at a briefing held at his ministry conference room.
In the briefing, the minister also disclosed the detailed probe reports of two probe committees - probe body of the ministry led by its Additional Secretary Yakub Ali Patwary and probe body of RAJUK.
The probe reports accused around 67 persons of approving and building the faulty high-rise buildings.
Of the accused, around 50 are government officials of different levels and 17 persons are officials of the relevant housing and Real Estate Company, builders and land owners.
SM Rezaul Karim said during the inspection, the owners of 1,136 buildings have shown RAJUK approved designs of their buildings while 207 owners have shown their designs approved by other authorities.
During the inspection, the 24 teams of the authority have found two kinds of violation of the RAJUK rules.
A total of 478 building owners have failed to produce their legal and valid documents and designs for their high-rise establishments, he added.
Regarding fire safety issues, Rezaul Karim said during the inspection, the teams have found adequate fire safety systems in only 539 buildings where fire extinguishers, fire alarms, hose pipes and fire hydrants were available.
No fire safety measures were found at 1,155 buildings.
Emergency fire exits were found properly in only 786 buildings while there was no emergency fire exit in 566 buildings and emergency fire exits of 721 buildings were not properly built.
He claimed that a total of 124 building owners were using their buildings commercially despite having approval of residential use while 49 buildings are being used for non-residential purposes.
The owners of 309 buildings are using their parking places for other purposes.
Regarding the ministry's initiative to prevent the anomalies, the minister said the authority is taking its preparation to take legal and other actions against the buildings that violated the rules.
They will initially be given notice to demolish the parts of the buildings which were built violating the rules.
If they don't respond, the authority will take steps to demolish. But, everything will be built following the laws so that no one can lodge cases against the authority.
However, the offenses of some of the building owners were found tolerable and manageable.
They can be given remedy considering their offenses, he said, adding that no illegal buildings will be given legitimacy.

He said initially, the authority will take measures against the high-rise buildings. Gradually, all buildings of the country will be brought under the inspection and actions of the government.
No one will be spared as all citizens are equal to the law.

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