Govt refuses to compensate Sabzi Mandi traders

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Karachi The Sindh government has refused to compensate the traders affected by the New Sabzi Mandi fire and formed a committee comprising agriculture department officers to investigate and assess the losses.

Sources said the traders had demanded a compensation of Rs400 million.

The initial report of the incident pointed out that the fire had damaged an area encroached by the traders. The site was reserved for a fire station in the original master plan.

The authorities were shocked by the large sum of money demanded by the traders for their losses.

They were unconvinced that the losses could be so huge.

The fire department had described the blaze as massive but the report provided to the authorities stated that only five fire tenders were used to bring it under control.

The fire was doused in 48 hours and the delay was attributed to the law and order situation in the city.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement had called a strike on the day of the fire. The fire department claimed that their engines were able to reach the scene only when the party had called off its strike.

The sources said the agriculture department had no mechanism to curb encroachments at the vegetable market. The responsibility lies with the market committee the department has appointed for each city.

The New Sabzi Mandi is built over 100 acres. Neither the authorities, nor the traders have bothered about the fact that there is no fire station there even though it was proposed in its master plan.

Courtesy: The News

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