Over 200 high-rise buildings in Karachi lack 'safety measures'

Over 200 high-rise buildings in Karachi lack 'safety measures'

Anti-corruption authorities have initiated investigations against the SBCA officers and builders
Over 200 high-rise buildings in Karachi lack 'safety measures'

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21 Feb 2024

The Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) has identified over 200 high-rise buildings in the metropolitan city as "unsafe" in a report presented to the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday.

The high court heard a case related to the recent fire incidents in Karachi's multistory buildings. During the hearing, KMC submitted a report detailing its inspection of more than 200 buildings.

According to the report, inspections were conducted on over 200 high-rises on II Chundrigar Road, Khalid Bin Waleed Road, and Shahrah-e-Faisal.

Despite lacking essential safety measures such as firefighting systems, emergency exit doors, the report revealed that NOCs were issued to over 200 buildings on key roads in Karachi.

Furthermore, the report finds that the KMC's input was not involved in the NOC issuance process.

The report recommended action against individuals responsible for issuing completion certificates, approving illegal constructions, and granting NOCs to these buildings without proper review. 

It further stated that anti-corruption authorities have initiated investigations against the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) officers and builders.

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