Two construction workers were injured when the part of the roof of the gate under construction to enter Durgasagar Dighi of Madhavpasha in Babuganj upazila, a traditional tourist spot of Barisal district, collapsed. They were admitted to Shebachim Hospital. Besides, the district administration is forming a three-member investigation committee in this incident.
Eyewitnesses and workers told Daily Shiksha.com that since Thursday morning, welding work was going on in the upper part of the roof of the entry gate under construction at the western end of the Durgasagar Lake. Around 11 o’clock the roof of a part of the sudden gate collapsed. Two workers were injured and the rest started running in panic. On receiving the information, police and fire service members came to the spot and rescued the two injured workers and took them to the hospital.
After this incident, no official of the contracting company M/s Khan Builders of Jhalkathi was found at the spot. Even the upazila administration officials searched and did not find them at the spot.
The workers told Daily Shiksha.com that the representatives of the contracting company were here during the welding work. But they were not found after the roof collapsed. Eyewitnesses said that after the incident, the officials of Public Works Department came to the spot, but they left the place in a short time.
Masum Hossain, a local resident, told Daily Shiksha.com that this incident happened due to illegal work. Workers narrowly escaped major casualties. He also said that this happened because there was a defect in the construction work.
According to district administration sources, Additional District Magistrate Shah Md. A three-member investigation committee is being formed with Babuganj Upazila Assistant Commissioner (Land) Subrata Biswas Das headed by Rafiqul Islam and SDK of Public Works and Engineering Department as members.
Kamrul Hasan, Executive Engineer of Directorate of Public Works and Engineering, Barisal, visited the site and told Daily Shiksha.com that the gate is very high. This happened due to reverse welding. He also said that the work has been stopped for the time being. The 22-feet high gate is being investigated for any defects in its construction.