Beach safety core group formed to recommend measures

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has urged all civic agencies and other relevant institutions to take sustainable and comprehensive steps for the safety of picnickers at the beaches to prevent any ‘Seaview’ like tragedy.
Speaking at a conference on Beach Safety at his office here Tuesday, he said according to a survey over 7 million people visit Karachi beaches annually.
He said keeping in view this large magnitude of visitors, concrete measures are needed to be taken by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, Defence Housing Authority, Karachi Port Trust, Port Qasim Authority and other civic agencies.
The commissioner highlighted the significance of the issue of beach safety. He lauded the role of the Pakistan Navy, Commissioner Rescue-1299 and other institutions for their rescue efforts on the occasion of the recent Seaview tragedy. He, however, said there is always room for improvement.
Shoaib Siddiqui said a large number of people are expected to throng beaches on the 14th of August and Eidul Azha, therefore, necessary safety steps are needed to be put in place to avert repeat of Seaview like tragedy.
The participants of the conference agreed at the formation of a core group which will prepare within 15 days the recommendations for taking beach safety measures on short-, medium- and long term basis. 
The representatives of the civil society, KATI, PDMA, DHA, KPT, KMC, Police, Met. Office and Rescue-1299 will be included in the core group.
In his speech, KMC Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui appreciated rescue efforts by the Pakistan Navy during Seaview drowning incident.
He said the role of the KMC is very important in connection with rescue arrangements. He said the KMC has a complete rescue infrastructure.
The administrator informed the participants that a rescue centre has been set up at the Seaview which functions round the clock.
Rauf Akhtar stressed the need for creating awareness among the people about beach safety. 

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