KARACHI: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation today sent a request for funds worth Rs76 crore to cater the escalating inferno incidents in the metropolis.

According to sources, a summary has been forwarded to Chief Minister of Sindh (CM) Murad Ali Shah, stating that Rs 49 crore are required for the purchase of 25 new fire tenders. Rs19 crore are needed for the restoration of old fire brigade system.

The new wireless contact devices would be bought for Rs5 crore. The summary further demanded Rs 4 crore for 10 special slides that will be helpful in emergency evacuation from a building. Moreover, the authorities have urged the chief minister to approve the summary on immediate basis. 

Sources in the KMC said that incidents of fire take place almost on daily basis and unless new vehicles and supporting equipment is provided, they are unable to cope with the increasing demand.

On December 5, at least 11 people were killed when a four-star hotel in Karachi caught fire. More than 50 people suffered injuries in the blaze, which started in Regent Plaza hotel’s kitchen.