DOT Desk: With the recent damage caused by Cyclone Hamoon, the series of mini earthquakes, and especially the numerous construction woes and fires we have seen in recent years, it is good to see that the authorities are not taking this lightly, and are planning accordingly, reports Dhaka Tribune.
To that end, the authorities’ new measures to mitigate disaster risks in Dhaka, aiming to enhance the quality of design and construction for increased resilience in private buildings, is certainly a good first step.
As part of the project, we were informed that guidelines will be developed to elevate the quality of design and construction in private buildings.
However, while such plans sound good on paper, it is important to remember that they continue to cost us tax money — this particular project is set to cost us just shy of Tk 71 crore, and it is important that this does not join the long list of initiatives that brings us no tangible benefits.
This is a trend that must be addressed with as much prioritization as our shaky infrastructure and construction; far too often, we have what looks like effective plans chalked out but ultimately, failing to see any form of implementation.
Moreover, ensuring that we exhibit the right character to follow through with these attempts at safer infrastructure is just as important. Establishing a culture of care, and not of negligence, will be vital for success.
Fortifying our infrastructure is extremely important. Having said that, it is equally important to have a clear plan, a clear budget, and stick to that, providing tangible results that actually improve Bangladesh as a nation.
Nayeemul Islam khan
1327 Tejgaon Industrial Area (3rd Floor), Dhaka-1208