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SCC yet to take steps against risky buildings

39Despite preparing a list of risky buildings, the authority of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) is yet to take any legal action against the buildings or owners of the installations.
SCC identified a total of 30 buildings as highly risky in the city taking into consideration on the date of their establishment, experts said monitoring the present haphazard condition of the installations.
At least four public installations were identified as highly risky and vulnerable. Those were Collectorate Building-3, Women Affairs Officer’s Office at Naya Sarak, Customs and VAT Office and Land Surveyor’s Office of the city.
Besides, eight shopping malls were also seen as risky establishments. The malls were Samabay Bank Bhaban, Madhuban Market, Raza Mansion, Surma Market, City Supper Market, Rahman Plaza and Mitali Mansion.
And, the remaining 18 buildings all of which are privately-owned existed in different parts of the city and its adjoining areas.
The Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP), a flagship collaborative initiative of the Bangladesh Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, identified that the Sylhet city and its adjacent areas as highly vulnerable to earthquakes.
CDMP also reported that, around 24 thousand buildings of the city and its adjacent areas may collapse due to an earthquake measuring 6 or more than 6 on the Richter Scale at any time, resulting in massive damages and deaths.
Sources concerned quoting the SCC authority said the city corporation had earlier identified more than 50 private and public installations as highly risky in different parts of the city during the army-backed caretaker government in 2008. The then authority also had decided to demolish the buildings, but in vain.
Head of Petroleum and Mining Engineering department of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) Associate Prof Dr Farhad Howladar told that the Sylhet is lying at the most earthquake-prone area in the country being near to the Dauki Fault that ranges along Bangladesh-India border at Jaflong.
“An earthquake, measuring big on the Richter Scale may hit the belt once in a century releasing the energy gained from the Dauki Fault, resulting in massive damages and casualty in the area”, he added.
Acting Chief Executive Engineer of SCC Noor Azizur Rahman told this correspondent that the risky buildings were identified taking into consideration their present shabby condition and date of construction.
“We issued notice to the owners of the identified buildings to demolish or repair their buildings as soon as possible, but they didn’t respond,” he observed.
Former Chief of Civil and Environmental Engineering department of SUST Prof Dr Jahir Bin Alam said that a good number of buildings were constructed in the area without proper design work and permission from the authorities concerned.
He, however, suggested said that the most vulnerable buildings in the areas should be demolished immediately and retrofitting work might be applied if the buildings are not most vulnerable.