Towers of death

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2023

The deadly fire on November 25 in a shopping plaza located in a densely populated and bustling area of Karachi has ignited serious concerns regarding the recurrent fire incidents in the city and the negligence of the government and relevant authorities. The tragic loss of 11 lives in this particular incident underscores the urgency of addressing fire safety as a critical aspect of urban planning and building construction. The role of regulatory bodies is pivotal in enforcing and monitoring compliance with relevant regulations to prevent such incidents. The recent tragedy prompts a re-evaluation of the efficacy of existing regulations and their enforcement. It is imperative to hold the authorities responsible for fulfilling their obligations in maintaining public safety. Public awareness and education also emerge as crucial components in preventing fire incidents. It is essential to equip individuals with knowledge about fire safety practices, encompassing the proper use of fire extinguishers, evacuation procedures, and adherence to building regulations.

Dr Intikhab Ulfat