Potential fire hazard at Secretariat
A report published in New Age on August 18 about the practice of overnight parking of many vehicles inside the Bangladesh Secretariat can be potentially dangerous. Usually, during night time, the secretariat area is totally deserted, except for the designated guards posted in guardrooms alongside the doors in the perimeter. They are there to ensure that the doors are protected, and no one can climb over it, or try and open it from outside.
The whole area has many buildings, and with papers and files, all potentially inflammable material, spread all over the place. Should someone with bad intentions, stays back, after the offices are closed, can then deliberately set alight a few vehicles’ fuel tanks. This may lead to an ultimate uncontrollable fire that can spread all over the area, with papers and stationary lying everywhere.
Such a possible fire, either by accident or any malicious intent, can spread uncontrolled at night, and it will be very difficult for the few security personal posted to stop it. All the petrol, octane and diesel in the parked vehicle’s fuel tanks are a potentially dangerous fuel mix, with so many of parked empty vehicles. It may possibly be better and safer, to park all these vehicles covering half of the road on the western side, with the other half and the gate areas left free of parked vehicles so that vehicles can come in or go out of the secretariat at night if so needed.
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