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RAJUK survey on 1,818 high-rises

44 govt, 431 pvt bldgs fail to show plans

Special Correspondent, Dhaka
44 govt, 431 pvt bldgs fail to show plans

Inspection teams of the Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (RAJUK) have examined a total of 1,818 high-rise buildings from April 1 to 15 this year. The owners of 475 of these buildings—431 owned by private entities and 44 by government entities—could not show any RAJUK-approved building plan to the inspection teams.

An analysis of the data revealed that only 293 buildings out of the total 1,818 had been built by adhering to RAJUK rules.

Now, the authorities are set to start its second phase of building inspection soon. This time, the inspection would be done zone by zone, housing and public works minister SM Rezaul Karim told reporters at a press briefing held in his ministry yesterday.

The minister also disclosed the details of the probe reports filed by two probe committees—one formed by the ministry and led by its additional secretary Yakub Ali Patwary and another formed by RAJUK.  The probe reports accuse around 67 persons of approving and building faulty high-rise buildings. Among the accused persons, around 50 are government officials  and 17 are officials of various housing and real estate companies, builders and land owners.

The minister said the owners of 1,136 buildings had shown RAJUK-approved building plans to the inspection teams, while 207 owners had produced designs approved by other authorities.

The 24 teams deployed by the authorities concerned found two kinds of violation of RAJUK rules. In one set, 277 building owners had violated the rules at the time of constructing the upper levels, while, in another, the owners of 674 buildings violated rules at the ‘setback’ level, the reports said.

A total of 478 building owners failed to produce legal and valid documents as well as designs for constructing high-rise structures, the minister said.

Regarding fire safety, Rezaul Karim said the inspection revealed adequate fire safety systems in only 539 buildings, all of which had fire extinguishers, fire alarms, hose pipes and fire hydrants. No fire safety measures were found in 1,155 buildings, he added. Proper emergency fire exits have been found in only 786 buildings, while 566 buildings have no emergency fire exits at all. Such exits have not been built properly in  in 721 buildings.

The minister claimed that a total of 124 building owners were using their buildings commercially, although the approval was for residential use only. Also, 49 buildings are being used for non-residential purposes. The owners of 309 buildings are putting their parking spaces to other uses.

Regarding the ministry’s initiative to prevent such anomalies, Rezaul Karim said the authorities concerned were preparing to take legal action against the buildings found to have been built by flouting rules. Initially, notice would be given to demolish those portions of buildings that do not conform to rules. If the owners fail to respond, the authorities will take steps to demolish them, the minister added.

However, the offences of some of the building owners have been found to be not very serious. They could be given remedies, considering the nature of their offences, the minister said, adding that no illegal buildings would be given legitimacy. Any such leniency could set an example and encourage violations in future, he felt.

Rezaul Karim said the authorities would initially take steps against high-rise buildings. Gradually, all buildings in the country would be inspected and appropriate steps taken. No one would be spared as all the citizens are equal before the law, he added.

 

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