PM URGES TO CONSTRUCT QUAKE-TOLERANT BUILDINGS AS PER BUILDING CODE
Sun Online Desk
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged the authorities to make sure that quake-tolerant infrastructures and buildings are built by following the building code.
“Since Bangladesh is a quake-prone area, you (engineers) will have to give special attention so that quake-tolerant infrastructures and buildings are built in the future and everyone follows the building code,” she said.
The Prime Minister was addressing the inaugural session of the International Conference on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for Sustainable Development at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city. IDEB and CPSC, Manila jointly organised the three-day conference.
PM urged the engineers, including the diploma ones, to maintain the standard of their works since they are responsible for implementing development works at the field level as nearly 85 percent of development works are implemented through them, including roads, bridges, culverts, educational institutions, mills and factories and various infrastructure.
“The responsibility of ensuring the quality of works lies at the field level. You’ll have to give special attention so that the proper standard of work is ensured,” she said.
She also hoped that the diploma engineers would expedite the country’s development works through maintaining the qualitative standard of their works, ensuring the optimum utilization of resources through their thoughts, talents, skills, sincerity and honesty.
“If the development works are not properly implemented, it is not only a national loss, but also may invite human disaster. South and South-Asian countries are highly natural disaster-prone ones.
Recently, the devastating earthquake in Nepal caused huge human and property losses. I came to know that cracks have developed in a number of buildings in our country, too,” she added.
The Prime Minister said rapid development of scientific and technological advancement is bringing dramatic socio-economic progress within states. As a result, an opportunity has been created to reduce the gaps among the countries.
“Our aim is to reduce poverty and accelerate the standard of living of common people utilising science and technology. At the same time, we’ll have to remain vigil to ensure the maximum and sustainable utilisation of our resources,” she said.
She said every year nearly 0.1 million hectares of arable land go out of farming due to construction of houses, roads and other establishments in a unplanned way. “We’ll have to take immediate measures to prevent unplanned urbanisation as well as give special attention to save farmland.”
Hasina expressed her belief that nothing is more important than skilled human resources. “We, therefore, are implementing huge programs to turn our manpower into human resources through imparting them science and technology-based education. However, it’s not possible to accomplish such task with government efforts alone.
Rather, private entrepreneurs should come forward to supplement the government efforts.”
APRIL 30, 2015