A month has gone since the Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah visited the SITE industrial zone and vowed to improve security conditions by increasing police patrolling. Leading industrialists of the area say that street crimes are still the same and security is their top concern.
“The security situation has not improved over the last one month, though the chief minister assured us of more patrolling in the area,” SITE Association of Industry Chairman Muhammad Irfan Moton said while talking to The Express Tribune.
The chief minister was the first top official of the Sindh government who visited the SITE industrial area in months. Since his trip in the first week of June, little has changed, which has angered representatives of the SITE Association of Industry – an elected body of industrialists from the industrial zone.
“The CM assured us that he would increase the number of police officers in the area from 100 to 500, but this has not happened. The policemen were increased to 140 but, according to my knowledge, the additional officers were called back in a few days,” Moton said.
Giving reasons for growing crimes, Moton said the area has multiple entry and exit points that actually help the criminals to access the area comfortably. The area is also surrounded by some troubled spots of the city, such as Banaras Chowk and Organi Town, which have added to the woes of industrialists as well as general public.
Among seven industrial zones of Karachi, the SITE industrial zone is perhaps the worst hit by the deteriorating law and order situation, including kidnapping for ransom and mobile snatching.
There are over 3,000 industries in the industrial zone and the SITE association representatives claim that it is the biggest industrial zone of the country.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2012.