Annually churning out some Tk 65 crore worth of products, businesses at the industrial estate of the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) in Pirojpur are incurring extra expenses for the lack of direct road connectivity.
The cricket bat making hub that has boomed in the last three decades in Pirojpur’s Nesarabad upazila might soon go out of business as producers have been facing severe losses since the pandemic hit the country two years ago.
It took around one and a half hours to start the rescue operation for the MV Abhijan-10 launch fire. Fire Service and Civil Defence sources said although they had come to know of the fire within 15 minutes of its origination, they lacked the logistics required to fight it in the water on a cold winter night.
Locals, who rescued many passengers after MV Abhijan-10 caught fire early on December 24 in Jhalakathi, said most of the lives perished in the tragedy could have been saved had the launch staffers acted responsibly.
Professional duties called numerous people to Jiakul village and neighbouring areas in Jhalakathi. The areas are adjacent to the Sugandha river, where MV Abhijan-10 caught fire early Friday, resulting in 42 deaths and over hundred cases of injury.