Commissioner Karachi assures early completion of fishing jetty

Karachi: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has assured fishing community of the city regarding early completion of fishing jetty at Gizri creek.

During a meeting with member of Pakistan Fisher-folk Forum, Siddiqui said that government was genuinely committed to address the problems of the fisherman belonging to Karachi and its local villages.

The delegations led by Mohammed Ali Shah and Sami Memon informed the commissioner about the prevalent disquiet among fishing community due to their difficult accessibility to sea water leading to growing unemployment among them.

The meeting was also attended by Additional commissioner Karachi, Aslam Khoso, assistant commissioner (civil lines), Additional Director Vigilance DHA, Lt Col. Farooqi, while representatives of Pakistan Navy, Chairman Karachi port trust , chief collector, Pakistan custom and director special projects–DHA.

The representative of fishing community conveyed their problems regarding disbandment of a jetty used by DHA authorities years ago and said that despite commitments, no new jetty could be build, thus, severely affecting the livelihood of fishermen. They demanded a jetty that could provide a space for at least 40 boats.

They also referred to the issue of international waters saying that the fishermen inadvertently cross borders that expose them to security related legal conditionalities.

Representative of concerned law enforcing agencies said the issue has been taken up and efforts are underway to provide needed guidance as well as protection to the fishermen of the country.

The official present of the occasion informed that the limit for small boats entering into deep sea water is 12 nautical miles and that concerned fishermen also needed to get themselves registered with any of the country’s fish harbour.

Addressing the issue of jetty, the additional commissioner said that DHA in compliance to its commitment had allotted a suitable piece of land for it and the contract was also given to NESPAK, however, the delay was due to inability of NESPAK to start the work.

Commissioner Karachi said that the issue would be immediately taken up and all concerned authorities at provincial as well as federal level would be involved to get the project completed without any unnecessary delay.

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