JICA wants safe buildings in Bangladesh

JICA wants safe buildings in Bangladesh


The Public Works Department and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have jointly launched a project on promoting building safety for disaster risk reduction in the public buildings of Bangladesh.The project was launched at an event held with Additional Chief Engineer (P & SP) of Public Works Department Ainul Farhad in the chair at a city hotel on Saturday.

Vice-Chancellor of University of Asia Pacific Prof Jamilur Reza Choudhury, joint secretary of Housing and Public Works ministry Rahmat Ullah Mohd Dastagir and Chief Representative of JICA Bangladesh Office, Mikio Hataeda were present.

The number of risky buildings in Bangladesh is growing fast because of rapid and unplanned urbanisation and sub-standard construction.

Even without earthquake, the collapse of Rana Plaza, a ready-made garment factory in April 2013 that killed at least 1,135 people is one of the living examples of sub-standard construction of building in the country.


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