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01:53 PM, April 08, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:41 PM, April 08, 2019

No electrical fire risk at Secretariat: Secy

Cabinet Division building is not earthquake proof

Bangladesh’s secretariat has foolproof security in terms of fire hazard from electrical short circuit, Cabinet Secretary M Shafiul Alam said today.

“We have circuit breakers everywhere. There’s almost no chance of fire breaking out from a short circuit,” he told reporters after cabinet meeting.

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“This is a specialty of the buildings constructed by Public Works Department. All the buildings have circuit breakers. It prevents electrical fire,” he said.

The secretary’s comments came in purview of a countrywide alert on fire issue at workplace following the tragedy at Banani’s FR Tower.

Going on further regarding risks at the Secretariat, Secretary Alam said the Cabinet Division building is not secured from hazard of earthquake.

“It is a 60 or 70 year old building. The base of this building is weak. We have a standing alert on earthquake,” he told reporters at the meeting.

“If the plates at Dawki, near Sylhet, moves, it will come here after two minutes. We have the mechanism of an alert. If we are alerted on time, we can evacuate,” he said.

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