Building collapse: CM orders review of shaky seminary buildings

Compensation cheques for Rs0.5 million given to victims’ families

Our Correspondents April 06, 2016

DERA GHAZI KHAN/ MULTAN: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the authorities concerned to check the buildings of all seminaries, Special Education Minister Saeed Ahmad Manais said on Wednesday.

He said that details of damaged or dilapidated madrassa buildings would be sent to chief minister after the survey. He was talking to reporters after visiting the families of the children who died on Tuesday in Dera Ghazi Khan after a roof of the madrassa building collapsed. Five students had died and 13 had been injured. The government paid Rs0.5 million each to families of the children who had died and Rs0.1 million each to the families of the injured. The minister condoled with the families. He also handed over cheques to families of two critically injured children. He said that the injured would be provided treatment free of cost.

“Two special committees have been constituted to investigate the accident. A survey has also been started to make a list of all dilapidated and damaged buildings in the province. The damaged buildings will be repaired after the completion of survey,” he said.

The minister said that clerics and owners of seminary buildings should cooperate with the district government. “Owners of the seminary buildings have been directed to report hazardous buildings to the district administration,” he said. DCO Nadeemur Rehman, DPO Captain (r) Ata Muhammad and Assistant Commissioner Asgher Majeed were also present on the occasion.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th,  2016.


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