Beach safety measures suggestedAugust 6, 2014
KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui has initiated steps to make Karachi beach a safer place for the recreation, with the co-ordination and co-operation of concerned departments at district, provincial, and federal level and to seek support from non-government organizations.
In this connection, a meeting of all concerned departments and organizations has been convened by the commissioner Karachi at his office next Monday, to discuss and deliberate the preparation of a Future Plan on Safer Karachi Beach.
The aims and objectives of the said conference are to develop the ideas and enhance the resources, capabilities and knowledge of concerned departments for the safety of beaches in more modern scientific way.
Commissioner Karachi urged that resources and information of all concerned government and non government organizations are required for beach safety. He further emphasized that all concerned organizations should come under one umbrella for building a better and effective preventive strategy.
Moreover, he suggested to all concerned organizations to make presentations in the conference on the availability of resources and knowledge and present them with the help of documents, visual and graphics. The organizations were further requested to come up with new ideas and future plans for prevention of drowning intentionally in the city beaches.
The departments and organizations invited in the conference include, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, Military and Cantonment Karachi, Institute of Oceanography, Sindh Coastal Development Authority, Pakistan Meteorologist Department, Provincial Disaster Management, Karachi Harbour Authority, Korangi Fish Harbour Authority, IUCN, Sindh Environmental Protection Agency, Divisional Forest Officer, Karachi Port Trust, Port Qasim Authority, Defense Housing Authority, Divisional Forest Officer, Karachi Coast Guards, Pakistan Fisher Forum, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Fisherman Sujag Welfare Forum and Livestock and Fisheries.
The Commissioner also wrote letters to the Karachi Port Trust, Port Qasim Authority, Karachi Municipal Corporation and Pakistan Defense Housing Authority, suggesting the preventive measures for the beach lines falling under their jurisdiction in the interest of public life and property.
The measures suggested to the departments and organizations include, the availability and development of sufficient number of trained lifeguards in proper uniform with strategic placement in a visible manner to undertake rescue work, deployment of a sufficient number of warning persons along the beach line who may be tasked to stop people from going into deep water and in the sea during high tides, whistle blowers, availability of ambulance along with required medicines and trained staff, barbed wire fencing wherever required, establishment of watch towers, surveillance cameras, netting, flagging that indicate danger zones, availability of mobile rescue boats/scooters, sirens to raise alarm, marking levels of sea with orange balls lining in the sea, closing any vulnerable beach area for public access, logistic/living arrangements for rescue staff, putting up sign board showing the stat and end limits of beach line by the concerned authority and Warning signs in Urdu, Sindhi, and English required to put up in and around approaching areas and beach.