KARACHI: Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan has said that the police patrolling project in the Korangi industrial area is an important step in the right direction, which is expected to improve security situation in the area.
Khan stated this at the launching ceremony of the Police Patrolling Partnership Project (PPPP) at the industrial zone.
“With the passage of time, we expect to see improvement in this security system. And then it could be replicated in other industrial zones where security is in dire straits,” added Khan.
According to estimates, the patrolling project would need Rs2.2-2.5 million a month to arrange fuel and other necessary equipment for the police. Industrialists of the Korangi industrial area – one of the largest industrial zones of Karachi – have decided to bear all expenses to make sure regular patrolling is carried out.
DIG Sindh Reserve Police Manzoor Ali Khatiyan and representatives of the Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) were also present on the occasion.
Khatiyan said it was the responsibility of the police to maintain law and order in the city. “However, industrialists are ready to play their role in extending a helping hand to the law enforcement agencies,” he added.
KATI President Syed Farrukh Mazhar said the project would play an important role in enhancing industrial activities in the area by providing a safer environment.
“It is necessary to restore economic activities in Karachi as its security is directly linked with imports and exports of the country,” said Mazhar.
He reiterated that the removal of roadside eateries from the industrial area should be the priority of the police.
Khatiyan believed that the roadside hotels were a den of criminals and to curb crime, the area police were regularly monitoring these places. “In particular, the activities of labourers and other people who regularly dine at these hotels are being scrutinised.”
He suggested that it was necessary to construct a boundary wall around the industrial zone, which would make it easier to monitor entry and exit points and control street crime.
KATI Law and Order Standing Committee Chairman Nadeem Khan said they had been running 15 Madadgar service with the help of police for the last nine years and all expenses were borne by a pharmaceutical company situated in Korangi.
He added that a district office of the Citizen Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) was being established in front of KATI building.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 7th, 2014.
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