Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) started a demolition drive against risky dilapidated buildings in the capital on Sunday for protecting people's life from untoward casualties.
DSCC Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon inaugurated the demolition drive by hitting with a hammer an old building at the corporation's Cleaner Colony in the capital's Dhalpur area.
He said there are many risky dilapidated buildings in various areas under DSCC. But due to some restrictions demolition of these buildings cannot be possible.
He sought the Prime Minister's immediate intervention in deciding the fate of these buildings.
Most of these ramshackle buildings are located in Shakhari Bazar, Tanti Bazar, Dayaganj, Shyampur and Lalkhuti areas in the capital. There is a high risk of losing lives and property due to damage of those risky buildings during minor earthquakes or other untoward incidents.
"As an elected representative I consider ensuring public safety is more important than preserving heritage," Mr Khokon said.
He noted that in Europe back side of many dilapidated buildings with historical background is renovated keeping their front side intact.
The DSCC mayor told the media that Bonolata market and Dhaka New Market are now in a risky condition, and the market committees have decided to take measures in this regard.
"If the respective market committee does not take any step, DSCC will take necessary initiatives regarding the two markets," he added.
There are about 109 risky buildings, located in different areas under DSCC, according to Rajuk and city corporation officials.
Of these buildings, three at Dhalpur, two at Dayaganj and two at Sutrapur were demolished.
The mayor further said DSCC will issue notices to the owners of risky buildings to dismantle their buildings at their own initiatives. Otherwise the city corporation will take steps in this regard.