Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs, Ali Haider Zaidi on Sunday announced Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ‘gift’ for Karachi, which included fire bowsers and tenders to strengthen the city’s fire department.
The minister announced on Twitter that there are 50 state-of-the-art firefighting tenders that can hold 7,000 liters of water, and two firefighting pavilions are heading to Karachi.
He thanked the prime minister for approving the vehicles for the city.
“0 State of the Art Fire Tenders of 7000 liters of water & foam capacity + 2 Water Bowsers loaded on a ship & on their way to KHI. Thank You PM @ImranKhanPTI for this gift to KHI!” he tweeted.
The Karachi fire department has been in a regrettable state for the past two decades.
According to reports, the fire station is not functioning properly, the equipment and facilities are outdated, and employees often complain about not being paid.
Sindh Information and Local Government Minister Nasir Hussain Shah, last month, paid a visit to the city’s central fire station where he was briefed over the dilapidated state of the department.
He was told that only 11 of the city’s 25 fire stations are functional, which meant Karachi had only 14 functional fire stations.
The LG minister had said the government “soon” planned to clear the arrears of fire risk allowance for three months. The minister had hoped it would “compensate and motivate them [firefighters] to show more courage and zeal in serving the people of the city”.