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Deaths in girder fall

No objection to punitive action: Chinese envoy

Published : 18 Aug 2022 09:50 PM | Updated : 18 Aug 2022 09:51 PM

China's ambassador in Dhaka Li Jiming said that there will be no objection to taking disciplinary action as recommended by the report of the committee formed on the negligence of the contractor of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Uttara. 

In the preliminary investigation of the committee, negligence of the contractor has been found. Due to the low capacity of the crane the girder fell from the crane and fell on the private car and killed five people. 

The Chinese envoy said this during his meeting with Secretary of Road Transport and Highways Department ABM Amin Ullah Noori at the Secretariat on Thursday.

Li Jiming expressed deep sorrow over the loss of life in the girder accident and expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.

He said that a high-level delegation of the construction contractor of the Roads and Highway Department of the Dhaka BRT project has arrived in Bangladesh from China to investigate on behalf of the company. 

The delegation is ready to provide necessary assistance to the inquiry committee constituted by the Road Transport and Highways Department.

The Secretary of Road Transport and Highways Department said that the entire nation is saddened by this tragic accident. Safety is paramount in any development work. “We have included an expert from BUET in the committee formed to investigate the incident,” Noori said.

The committee has been asked to submit its final report within the next seven days. Strict legal action will be taken as per the recommendations of the report.

At that time, Chief Engineer of Roads and Highways Department AKM Monir Hossain Pathan, Additional Secretary of Road Transport and Highways Department Neelima Akhtar, Managing Director of BRT Project Safiqul Islam, Head of Project Consultant Team Mr. Tig McCreen, Road Transport and Highways Department and officials concerned with the project were present.