A Chinese contractor has been held responsible for the deaths of five people, including two children, due to negligent safety measures and traffic management while working on one of Dhaka’s busiest highways. An investigative committee has found the Chinese contractor was responsible for the crushing of the Bud Rapid Transit (BRT) project girders here which killed five people, India Blooms reported.
A contractor worked for China Gezhuba Group Co Ltd. Another Chinese company, Jiangsu Provincial Transportation Engineering Group Co Ltd, is the contractor for the aerial part of the BRT. The inquiry recommended punishing the contractor but left it to the government to decide whether the contract should be canceled or the contractor should be blacklisted.
The committee delivered its report to the road transport secretary on Thursday. The Bus Rapid Transit project has been a source of suffering for people traveling on a key route through Uttara from Dhaka to Gazipur since its inception, BD News24 reported.
Jailed crane operator Al Amin Hossain Hriday was among those interviewed for the report. Statements from 10 Chinese nationals were also collected. The report noted that they were grossly uncooperative, India Bloom reported. Although 10 Bangladeshis were arrested for the accident, no action was taken against a Chinese contractor.
Allegations of mismanagement have plagued the project from the start. The government started the project in 2012 with the aim of easing traffic congestion on the Dhaka to Tongi and Gazipur roads. It was originally scheduled to be completed in 2016. The date was later pushed back to December of this year. However, construction work on the project was only 65% complete as of July 2021. In the meantime, authorities have done little to reduce the suffering they have caused and address security issues. public over the years.
Recently, when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed his desire to visit Dhaka in the first week of August, his Bangladeshi counterpart AK Abdul Momen categorically asked him to postpone his visit due to his official commitments planned in New York and Cambodia, reported Bangladesh Live News. quoting Daily Star. Momen informed Wang through diplomatic channels that he should arrive in Bangladesh in the second week of August.
Earlier in May 2021, the government of Bangladesh gave China’s envoy to Dhaka, Li Jiming, an emotional lecture and asked him to maintain “decency and decorum” after warning Dhaka from a platform public to renounce joining the quadrilateral group. “Obviously, it will not be a good idea for Bangladesh to join this little club of four because it will seriously damage our bilateral relations,” China’s ambassador to Dhaka, Li Jiming, warned during a meeting. meeting organized by the Association of Diplomatic Correspondents on 12 May. , 2021.
As expected, it was followed by the strong statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh. “As a sovereign country, Bangladesh will determine the course of its foreign policy for the benefit of its people,” Momen said in a scathing retort. (ANI)
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