KARACHI: A flag march was held on Saturday of fifty more fire tenders that arrived from China under an initiative of the federal government after which they will be handed over to the Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC).
The drivers of the KMC fire brigade drove their vehicles on many different roads of the city. According to the Sindh Governor’s Spokesperson, the flag march was held in the city for public awareness. The flag march started from Governor House to Deputy Commissioner West Office via Shahra-e-Faisal.
The federal had government had purchased 50 fire tenders and two water bowsers from China under the Karachi package worth about Rs1.4 billion. The vehicle arrived in Karachi from China earlier this year and were supposed to be transferred to the KMC but the matter was delayed due to the busy schedule of the prime minister.
Earlier in January, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail announced the arrival of 52 modern fire tenders in Karachi, terming it a ‘great gift’ for the metropolis by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He said the project to bring in the 52 fire tenders was an initiative of the Sindh Infrastructure Development Company Limited (SIDCL) to boost the city’s fire emergency system.
Ismail informed that the federal government would be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the fire trucks and they would come under the ownership of the KMC.
He revealed that nine trade associations including Korangi, SITE and Landhi trade associations would be partners with the government and two fire tenders will be parked with each association.
The trade associations and the partners in the project would be responsible for the availability of water, prompt execution and looking after the fire tenders.
He also said the premier himself wished to come to Karachi and hand over the fire tenders to the concerned stakeholders once they passed customs clearances.