THE Sindh Government has planned to convene soon a joint session of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, associations of trade and industry, and concerned industrialists to thoroughly review arrangements of fire safety and protection at industrial units across the province and to suggest emergency corrective measures in this regard.
This was disclosed by Sindh Minister for Commerce and Industries Manzoor Hussain Wassan as he met a delegation of National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) at his office the other day.
Sindh Industries minister said that the forthcoming session would take into account in detail arrangements, measures, and resources available to save and protect human lives, assets, and machinery available at industrial units against any fire emergency.
He said that fire emergencies had always caused grave threat against safety and existence of human lives and industrial assets while an effective strategy was compulsorily required to deal with such catastrophes.
He said that unabated incidents of fire emergencies in industrial units in recent days in Karachi had become a major source of concern for the provincial government.
Mr. Wassan said the concerned industrialists and relevant civic agencies were under strict obligation to take the required preventive and safety measures to effectively deal with such alarming situations.
He said that Sindh government had all the resolve to provide utmost assistance to industrialists and industries so that they could do progress and excel. “We want to take along with us all the people associated with the industries,” he said.
Mr. Wassan said that Sindh government would promote industrialists and businessmen as they had the central role in development and progress of the country.
The provincial minister said that Sindh government of Pakistan Peoples Party had done a lot in one last year to do development works in industrial zones to rebuild roads and provide necessary civic infrastructure essential for working of the industries.
In this regard, the issue of water shortage would soon be resolved in industrial estates. He said that massive development work for improvement of civic infrastructure had been carried out in the four industrial zones of Karachi.
He said that native people of the area would be given employment in the new Larkana Special Economic Zone.
He said that Rs 300 million had been reserved by Sindh government to develop the proposed Khairpur Special Economic Zone as this work had been completed. He said that Khairpur city was of special value for trade and industrial activities of the province owing to massive production of Cotton in the district for the consumption of textile Industries across the country.
He said that Sindh government had rebuilt the National Highway from Quaidabad intersection till Steel Mills.
He said that recently road repair and maintenance work had also been completed in Super Highway SITE industrial zone of the city.
He said that PPP’s government had complete realization that cooperation and goodwill of the industrialists was of utmost importance for success of any administration or authority.
Speaking on the occasion, NFEH President Naeem Qureshi said that much of the damage had been caused due to fire emergencies due to severe lacking of industries in having mandatory preventive measures, fire fighting equipment, availability of fire engines, water and other fire extinguishing material.
He said that similar instances of sheer negligence and carelessness on the part of industrial zones and concerned civic agencies posed a serious threat to human lives and assets belonging to industrial units.