Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nganj explosion is a wake-up call

Nganj explosion is a wake-up call

The gas explosion in Narayanganj should be a wake-up call for all. According to media reports, the mosque was built on a faulty gas pipeline under the nose of the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd. The mosque committee was also caring little of unauthorised construction and how its ramifications could be at the end of day. The explosion has already claimed 31 lives leaving a host of families to lose their sole bread earners. The loss of the six-year-old boy’s life in the explosion has also shaken all. What is important to say is that lots of illegal gas connections are there in Dhaka, Narayanganj and Gazipur under the Titas gas company jurisdiction. Allegations have it that these connections came into operation because of the unholy alliance between unscrupulous officials of the distribution company and local ruling party leaders. Any of such illegal connections may lead to deadly explosion like that in Narayanganj any time. Methane gas leaked from the pipeline mixes with air and turns into an explosive when comes to contact of fire. A number of explosions from leaked methane gas have so far taken place in Dhaka and other areas in the past few years, in which even an entire family got burnt to death. The government should immediately look into the matter and make a course correction. Soumitra Shekhar, Dhaka

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