BCC forms team to identify risky buildings

Barisal City Corporation has formed a five-member team to detect risky buildings in the city following the collapse of the nine-storey Rana Plaza in Savar on April 24.
BCC sources said the team led by Tariqul Islam, chief engineer of BCC, began working on Monday and have already indentified 37 buildings that are in a precarious state and ordered the authorities concerned to issue final notices to those.
Sources at the city corporation said there are over 2,000 buildings in the city, including 24 ten-storey and 258 five to nine-storey, which are in a vulnerable state.
Most of the high rises are built without fire safety exits, which is a violation of building construction codes, said Motaleb Hossain, executive engineer of BCC, adding that thirty percent of these buildings are under severe threat as they were not built following the building construction code.
He said some of the buildings under threat include Mansur Bhaban on Circular road, Khanika Bhaban of Medical Collage Lane, Siraz Mahal on Kawnia Road and Jalal Mansion on Kalu Shah RoadHydrangeas