Industries in Dhaka, Gazipur, N'ganj still reeling from acute gas crisis despite Titas claims of improvement
Industries in Dhaka, Gazipur and Narayanganj continue to be afflicted by an acute gas crisis, even though Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company, the state-owned distributor of natural gas, claims the situation has improved. As reported in the media previously, garments and textiles firms in the industrial belt of these central districts have been suffering from an acute gas crisis for the last few months. “The factories are in dire straits,” a top top-level manager of a group of textile factories in Gazipur told UNB. Most of the industries in Gazipur do not get adequate supply of gas during their operational periods, the most crucial hours during which their machines need to be running. Inadequate supply manifests in the form of low pressure gas flow, he added. FBCCI urges for strengthening oil, gas exploration to ensure uninterrupted supply to industries Low pressure gas flow is akin to low voltage electricity - many appliances won't run, even though an electric charge is present. The textiles group official said that due to the lack of gas supply, production in various factories is being disrupted and they are on the verge of shutting down. In the ongoing gas crisis, important machines like generators and broilers in the dyeing section of the factories are not being run. This has been posing a great risk for the industries to continue their production and pushing them towards huge financial losses. “Many industries would not be able to pay the salaries and festival bonuses during the coming Eid if the situation does not improve,” said an industry owner. Industry insiders said there are more than 300 factories in Kaliakoir and other areas in Gazipur. All these industries have been suffering from the nagging gas crisis and some of them have already suspended their productions. 100% percent prepaid gas meters within four years: Nasrul Hamid Each of the industries has more than 1000 workers. But following the gas crisis, they have to reduce their production target while some of them use CNG at a higher cost to continue their operations. A similar situation is prevailing in the Mirpur, Tongi and Narayanganj areas, said Mohammad Hatem, Executive President, of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA). He said that despite increasing the price, the government is not able to provide adequate gas. “Production in garment factories has come down to half due to non-availability of gas. Many buyers meanwhile are pushing for air shipments as the normal schedule for shipments has failed in keeping the commitment,” he said adding, some buyers are asking for discounts on the rates. More gas likely to be found in Sylhet’s Kailashtila field: Nasrul “Some customers are upset and cancel the order in such a situation,” he noted. Recently the Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) has also alleged that no industry in the country is able to run at its full potential due to the gas crisis. A Bangladesh Chamber Of Industries delegation, led by its president Anwar-ul Alam Chowdhury (Parvez), raised the allegation when it met Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun at his ministry office. The lone chamber for industries said the prices of electricity and gas were increased on the pretext of increasing prices on the international market in the hope that the government would ensure their continuous supply. “But despite the declining trend of energy prices in the international market, it is being heard that the prices of electricity and gas will be increased again,” BCI said in a statement. Read more: Govt okays import of LNG cargo from Singaporean firm to meet gas demand It demands for a sustainable solution to the problem. “If a long term plan is given to the industrial sector in terms of power and gas supply, it can move forward accordingly." Titas Gas general manager Arpana Islam admitted the gas crisis. But she claimed that the situation has improved to some extent recently following measures to increase the gas supply. She advised to talk to Petrobangla when asked whether there is any possibility in near future to further improve the gas supply situation. Petrobangla official statistics reveal that in the last one month the total gas supply across the country has increased by just 100 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD) or so, leaving a deficit between production and supply of about 1500 mmcfd. The Petrobangla data shows that on February 16 it produced 2671 mmcfd gas including its import from abroad against a demand for more than 4000 mmcfd. The TItas Gas data also shows that about 30 power plants now remained out of operation due to gas shortage. Read more: BNP denounces move to double monthly rent for prepaid gas meters
Police arrested three young men red-handed while they were allegedly trying to hurl bombs targeting rail tracks ‘in a bid to sabotage’ at No 2 Narayanganj Railway Station on Sunday. The identities of the arrestees are Joynal, Habibur and Hasan. Sramik League leader arrested with yaba in Narayanganj Mokhlesur Rahman, sub-inspector of Narayanganj Railway Police, said a team of police guards the rail tracks at the station to check any possible attack on railways. At one stage, policemen noticed some young men trying to hurl bombs targeting the rail tracks in the afternoon. Narayanganj-4: This may be my last election, says Shamim Osman Later, police caught them red-handed, said SI Mokhlesur. However, it is not clear whether the arrestees have any involvement with any political parties. 4 family members burnt in gas explosion in Narayanganj Cases will be filed against them under the Sabotage, Explosive Act and Speedy Trial Act.
Narayanganj DB police have arrested a Sramik League leader with 700 pieces of yaba pills at Sonargaon in the district. Police arrested Sonargaon Union Sramik League General Secretary Ashik Sarkar with Yaba on Wednesday night, according to Narayanganj DB police SI Md. Ruhul Amin. SI Md. Ruhul Amin said Ashik was arrested during an anti drug operation in the area. Narayanganj-4: This may be my last election, says Shamim Osman Preparations are underway to file a case against Ashik under the Narcotics Control Act, he said. The arrestee was identified as Ashik Sarkar, son of Rup Miya Sarkar from Kathalipara village of Sadipur union under Narayanganj. 4 family members burnt in gas explosion in Narayanganj However, Sadipur Union Member Al Amin said police took his signature as witness of seizing 1400 pieces of Yaba and four rounds of bullets. But later the police mentioned about only 700 pieces of Yaba, said UP member Al Amin. When contacted, Sonargaon area in charge of DB police Al Mamun said, “I don’t know anything about this. But I will inform you if I find any information about this.” Woman, son burnt in Narayanganj fire Later, he couldn’t be reached by phone.
A woman and her son sustained burn injuries after a fire broke out in their house from gas leakage at the Nitaiganj Mollapara area in Narayanganj’s Sadar upazila on Saturday. JICA inaugurates one-stop service centre at SEZ in Narayanganj The injured were identified as Sima Begum (50) and her son Roman (25). According to family sources, the fire broke out in the house around 6:00 am when Sima tried to light the stove in the kitchen of the house, leaving them injured. Police foil miscreants’ attempt to derail train in Narayanganj ahead of blockade Sima Begum has 60 burn injuries on her body, and Roman suffered 14% burn injuries, said Dr Md Tariqul Islam, resident doctor at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery. 2 minor cousins drown in Narayanganj pond Sima’s condition is critical, he added.
Helper of a truck suffered burn injuries from a petrol bomb attack in Narayanganj’s Sonargaon area on Tuesday (November 28, 2023) night. Md Saimon, 20, is currently undergoing treatment at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery. Miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at the truck at Singlabo area, said Sheikh Billal Hossain, additional superintendent of police in Narayanganj. Bus set on fire in Gazipur during 24-hour blockade Police are working to identify the arsonist, he said. The tiles-carrying truck was on its way to Sirajganj from Sonargaon’s Meghnaghat area through the Asian Highway. Car torched, bombs exploded at the house of Feni BNP leader The truck driver managed to get down quickly, and several parts of the truck were burnt. Locals rescued the helper and rushed him to hospital. On information, police rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire with the help of locals. Crude bombs explode near Sitakunda AL leader’s house
Police foiled a sabotage attempt of miscreants to derail a train in Fatullah on Dhaka-Narayanganj route, ahead of the latest 48-hour road-rail-waterway blockade across Bangladesh called by BNP, Jamaat and like-minded opposition parties. Mokhlesur Rahman, sub-inspector of Narayanganj Government Railway Police, said miscreants attached a heavy iron plate to the rail line at Kotolerbagh in an attempt to derail the train. Locals first noticed it and informed police through the national emergency number 999. 562 arrested by RAB on charges of sabotage since Oct 28 On information, police rushed to the spot and removed the iron plate from the rail line. Police are trying to arrest those involved in the sabotage attempt, he said. RAB arrests 4, including Sramik Dal leader, from Dhaka's Jatrabari in sabotage case
Miscreants set four vehicles on fire in different parts of Dhaka city and Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj today (November 02, 2023), on the last day of the three-day blockade enforced by BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami and their allies. Witnesses said, miscreants set a bus of ‘Poristhan Paribahan’ on fire in Uttara’s Azampur area in Dhaka at 7:04 am. Meanwhile, a group of miscreants set a private car on fire in Dhaka Education Board area at 4:45 am. Minibus carrying guests to wedding ceremony set on fire in Ctg A bus of ‘Moumita Paribahan’ was set on fire at 4:41 am in front of Mohammadpur Beribadh Dhaka Uddyan Housing Project. Miscreants also set a cotton-carrying truck on fire at 6:40 am at Kanchan Road in Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj district. The second day of the three-day blockade was marked by clashes, vandalism and torching of vehicles in Dhaka and elsewhere on Wednesday. 7 incidents of arson occur Tuesday: Fire Service Law enforcers detained more than 100 leaders and activists of BNP and other opposition parties across the country on the second day of the road, rail and waterways blockade. 3-day blockade: 16 arson attacks till this morning, says Fire Service
At least 70 people were injured as the activists of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and police locked into clashes during the BNP’s dawn-to-dusk nationwide hartal in Narayanganj's Araihazar and Press Club areas on Sunday. Nazrul Islam Azad, assistant secretary of BNP's international affairs, former joint convener of district BNP Mashukul Islam Azad, Araihazar upazila BNP president Yusuf Khan Bhuiyan, general secretary Jewel Ahmed were among the injured. 'Attacks on Saturday, Sunday were pre-planned by BNP': Obaidul Quader In support of BNP's hartal, the leaders and activists of Araihazar Upazila BNP and its associate bodies led by BNP International Affairs Assistant Secretary Nazrul Islam Azad, brought out a procession on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway this morning. When they took position in the Panchrukhi area of Dhaka-Sylhet highway and blocked the road by burning the tires, police charged with batons to disperse them, triggering the clash. BNP leader Nazrul Islam Azad said police charged with batons and fired rubber bullets in our peaceful march, leaving at least 20 leaders and activists injured including me. Fakhrul brought to DB office for questioning: DMP Commissioner Additional Superintendent of Narayanganj Police (DB)Tariqul Islam said BNP men blocked Araihazar’s Dhaka-Sylhet highway and police tried to remove them from the road. When BNP men threw bricks at the police, police dispersed them to bring the situation under control, the ASP added. Meanwhile, a chase and counter chase between BNP activists and leaders took place in Narayanganj’s Press club area on Sunday morning. The incident occurred in front of Narayanganj Press Club at around 8 am on Sunday. BNP announces 3-day countrywide blockade from Tuesday Agitated leaders and activists of BNP vandalized cars and hurled brickbats along with arson on the streets. Meanwhile, police fired tear gas shells and rubber bullets to bring the situation under control. Narayanganj Metropolitan BNP member secretary Abu Al Yusuf Khan Tipu claimed that “When we were observing hartal peacefully, the police fired on us, leaving our 50 leaders and activists injured.
Five workers of a re-rolling mill suffered burn injuries in an explosion at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj district on Saturday. The injured were identified as Iqbal, 26, Saiful, 30, Zakaria, 22, Muzammel, 30 and Shariful, 25 of Godnail Syedpara area. Fakhar Uddin, deputy assistant director of Narayanganj Fire Service and Civil Defence, said an explosion occurred at the Sharmin re-rolling mill early in the morning, leaving workers injured. Couple, their baby burnt in gas explosion in Narayanganj Condition of three out of five workers who suffered burn injuries was stated to be critical and they are undergoing treatment at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery in Dhaka. Gas supply to remain off for 12 hours in parts of Narayanganj, Munshiganj Tuesday Of the injured, Muzammel sustained 100 percent burn, Saiful 60 percent, Shariful 57 percent, Jakaria 35 percent and Iqbal 33 percent, said the hospital’s resident medical surgeon Dr Tarikul Islam. Fakhar Uddin, deputy assistant director of Narayanganj Fire Service and Civil Defence, said overflow of gas might cause the explosion when the workers were asleep. Blast in Narayanganj building: 3 family members among 4 burned On information, two firefighting units rushed to the spot and brought the blaze under control within a short time, he said. The reason behind the explosion will be known upon investigation, said Engineer Gias Uddin of Narayaganj Titas Gas.
Four people including three members of a family sustained burn injuries in an explosion at a residential building in Fatullah of Narayanganj early Sunday (August 13, 2023). Two more people sustained injuries in the incident. Sabuj Khandaker; Rana Miah, his wife Bithi Aktar and their child are now undergoing treatment at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery in Dhaka. Read: Burnt mother succumbs to injuries in DMCH; baby in emergency One of the other injured was identified as fruit seller Abu Kalam who is receiving treatment at National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (NITOR). The other injured was given first aid. Neighbours and relatives of the burn victims said a blast occurred on the fifth floor of a six-storey residential building owned by one Aslam Sikdar around 12 am. Later, locals rescued the tenants and sent them to Narayanganj General Hospital. They were subsequently shifted to the capital’s burn institute. Read: Woman burnt to death in Chattogram Fakhruddin, deputy director of Narayanganj Fire Service and Civil Defence department, said doors and windows of the two units of the fifth floor and other valuables were burnt in the blast. Walls of the flat fell on the roof of a semi-pucca house near the building, leaving two more people injured, he said. The reason behind the blast and extent of damages will be known upon investigation, the fire service officer added. Reade more: 2 women among 9 burnt in gas line explosion in Dhaka