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Chemical business relocation soon

Says PM adviser Salman F Rahman
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The government is allocating land in the BISIC area of Keraniganj to set up a chemical village. This is being done to relocate chemical warehouses and factories from old Dhaka. A roadmap will be created within two or three weeks, Salman F Rahman, private industry and investment adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has said.

There is no problem in carrying out other businesses, except those dealing with 29 chemicals in old Dhaka before moving to Keraniganj.  

He was speaking as chief guest at an open discussion, “Hazardous and risky businesses and their problem and possibilities in Old Dhaka: what to do and what not”, at the Mayor Mohammad Hanif Auditorium at Nagar Bhaban in Dhaka yesterday (Wednesday).

Salman F Rahman said: “We were supposed to relocate chemical warehouses and factories after the Nimtoli fire. It was not done. Now, after the Churihatta fire, we must relocate such warehouses and factories.”

“The Department of Explosives has made a list of 29 flammable chemicals. If you find more such chemicals, please make sure to remove those from the area. Besides, a large number of  businessmen have already expressed their consent in relocating business from the area. It is not realistic to expect them to shut down their businesses before relocation. If any unwanted incidents happen before relocation, there will be no option but to shut down the businesses for good.  Please be aware and remove harmful chemicals," he added.

Salman F Rahman urged the Fire Service and Civil Defence Department and the Department of Explosives to take immediate measures to make sure no unwanted incident like Chawkbazar happen before relocation.

The DSCC authorities yesterday asked the Department of Explosives to submit a report within 24-48 hours on whether plastic bitumen and other plastic elements are vulnerable for fire.

DSCC mayor Sayeed Khokon asked for the report at the open discussion.

 “There is some confusion regarding plastic and chemicals. That is why I have urged the Department of Explosives to prepare a report, that will show whether plastic and plastic elements are flammable. If the report says those are not flammable, then plastic and plastic elements will be excluded from the operation,” he said.

Khokon also said the drive of the task force to evict chemical warehouses from old Dhaka will continue. He also declared that it will see to it that businessmen are not harassed.

“There are chemicals, other than the listed 29, which are flammable. We don’t want another Nimtoli and Chawkbazar. Action will be taken according to the law. These will have to be displayed as chemical substances vulnerable to fire,” he added.

Earlier, the task force of the DSCC faced obstruction from traders, businessmen and workers several times in Old Dhaka while conducting its drive against storage of chemicals and flammable products. The drive started on February 28.

The drive is being undertaken in the aftermath of the deadly Chawkbazar fire that claimed 71 lives on February 20. The decision of the drive against chemical godowns in Old Dhaka was taken at a stakeholders’ meeting, with DSCC mayor Sayeed Khokon in the chair, on February 12.

 

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