Fire, fire everywhere
30 October, 2012
Another factory fire has struck Karachi in less than two months time. In this incident, a chemical factory caught fire — one so vicious it was put out after 30 long hours. The only consolation is that there were no casualties. This is unlike the last factory fire in Karachi where a garment factory caught fire and resulted in the deaths of more than 290 people. The city administration has decided to tear down the chemical factory as they have now deemed it unfit for use.
Why have they decided to take this step now? Why not before the fire? Why do our city administration officials take action when the worst that could happen has happened? It is time all concerned authorities take substantial steps to ensure quality control and that all structures meet a set standard of safety. Are the lives of the working class so disposable that they work in abhorrent conditions, only to risk their lives helping the rich get richer?