Ow­ing to lack of funds 18 out of 35 CDA’s fire fight­ing ve­hi­cles stand dys­func­tional

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—More than half of the CDA’s emer­gency de­part­ment vans and fire fight­ing ve­hi­cles stand dys­func­tional as they are in poor shape and there are no funds for their re­pair­ing. This puts a big ques­tion mark on the civic agency’s ef­fi­ciency to meet an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion.

The Direc­torate of Emer­gency and Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment (EDM) of CDA is lit­er­ally ren­dered in­ef­fec­tive and im­po­tent be­cause of its poorly main­tained ve­hi­cles.

Around 18 out of to­tal 35 ve­hi­cles of this direc­torate are out of or­der for want of funds that amount to Rs300,000 only while on the other hand chair­man CDA Ma­roof Afzal has re­cently claimed the EDM would be up­grades and ex­panded fur­ther re­gard­ing fire ser­vice of in­ter­na­tional stan­dard to Islamabad.

Chair­man CDA also claimed that more mod­ern train­ing cour­ses will be con­ducted to en­hance pro­fes­sional ex­per­tise of the staff so that CDA fire-fight­ers could play ef­fec­tive role in over­com­ing any emer­gency sit­u­a­tion in Islamabad and other cities of the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to the CDA sources 18 ve­hi­cles of the EDM Direc­torate are dys­func­tional and in poor shape thus un­able to meet any emer­gent sit­u­a­tion. Be­cause of their un­cer­tain con­di­tion, they were not in­cluded in Fire-Fight­ers Day (May 4) cel­e­bra­tions. The sources fur­ther said it only cost Rs 300,000 for their up­grad­ing and re­pair. At a time the CDA is bent on tak­ing more train­ing cour­ses for staff mem­bers and equip­ping the direc­torate with sta­teof-the-art tech­nol­ogy while on the other hand 7 ve­hi­cles are not op­er­a­tive due to bat­ter­ies, 5 for faulty tyres and 5 for mi­nor faults. These 35 ve­hi­cles were pur­chased at the cost of Rs666 mil­lion.

Chair­man CDA while ad­dress­ing a cer­e­mony re­cently said that Direc­torate of EDM was equipped with trained staff and state of the art fire-fight­ing ap­pa­ra­tus and it has proved its skill and pro­fes­sion­al­ism not only in the emer­gency sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try but also in other coun­tries of the world.

The sources told Pak­istan Ob­server that fire-fight­ing ve­hi­cles have gone off road due to lack of funds and the man­age­ment has been con­tacted in this re­spect. They said that 17 ve­hi­cles of this direc­torate were off the road on the oc­ca­sion of fire fight­ers day but they have not de­vel­oped any ma­jor fault. Some ve­hi­cles are off road due to non re­place­ment of bat­ter­ies and some due to de­fec­tive tyres. How­ever, these ve­hi­cles get started when they are pushed.

Funds amount­ing to Rs300,000 have been ap­proved by the Chair­man CDA and pro­posal has been put forth be­fore him for cre­at­ing emer­gency fund in or­der to deal with any emer­gency sit­u­a­tion. Out of this fund off road ve­hi­cles will be got re­paired timely but this pro­posal has not been ap­proved so far.

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