Bangladesh bans Chinese contractor after multiple fatalities

Five people died when a crane collapsed in Dhaka, dropping a girder onto a passing car (©GCR, illustration by Denis Carrier)
The government of Bangladesh says it will ban Chinese contractor China Gezhouba Group from any further construction work in the country after five members of the public were crushed to death in a site accident in August.

The company was involved in building an elevated buss rapid transit (BRT) line in the capital Dhaka when a crane carrying a concrete girder toppled, dropping its load onto a car, killing the passengers on 15 August in the city’s Uttara district.

A government committee probe found China Gezhouba Group responsible for the disaster.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader told media on Sunday (16 October) that around 20% of the BRT project remained unfinished, and that Gezhouba could complete the work because it would take the government “several more years to issue a new tender amid the financial crisis”.

“We’ll let this company wrap up the project but they won’t get any more work here,” the minister said, reports The Daily Star and other news outlets.

The 20.5km BRT Line 3 will run from Dhaka airport to Gazipur.

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