Experts survey use of bamboo instead of iron rods in govt building

Experts survey use of bamboo instead of iron rods in govt building

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A team from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) has visited the site of the Department of Agriculture Extension’s (DAE) under-construction building in Darshana of Chuadanga that gained notoriety for using bamboo sticks instead of iron rods in the structure.A six-member team led by Prodip Kumar, director of Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) of Buet, visited the spot on Saturday noon to survey the building and all its parts.
The team also talked to local people and local journalists at that time.
DAE executive engineer Mahbubur Rahman, Chuadanga LGED executive engineer M Ashraful Islam and Damurhuda Upazila Agricultural officer Sufi Rafikuzzaman, among others, were also present during the visit.
On April 7, the authorities concerned shut the construction work of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) Plant Quarantine Wing building following an allegation that the contractor had used bamboo sticks as reinforcement instead of iron rods.
Later, Merina Zebun Nahar, innovation officer of the Agriculture Ministry, filed the case against four people, including Joy International Construction owner Moni Singh, its consulting division director Abdus Sattar and purchase officer Ayub Hossain, in connection with the anomalies.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested the construction firm owner Moni Singh from Mirpur of Dhaka on May 6.
Besides, several panels have been formed to investigate the use of bamboo pieces instead of iron rods in the construction of the DAE building in the upazila.

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