Following multiple incidents in which big markets caught fire in Kabul and hundreds of shops were damaged, the firefighting and disasters management directorate has started a plan to adopt new safety measures for markets and residential apartments in Kabul.
Based on this decision, officials said, the adoption of the measures will be compulsory for owners of buildings and shops in the city.
Poor safety measures is concurred as main reason behind recent incidents – since last year’s November – in which some markets and buildings caught fire and many shops were damaged.
The most recent incident was on Jan. 27 where hundreds of shops were heavily damaged by the fire.
“Our team carries out surveys and advices the people to ensure safety measures are implemented but no one cares. We will start a broad campaign on Saturday,” said Nizamuddin Padshah, head of the authority.
Members of the Mandawi Market Traders Union, a big market in the center of the city, said the firefighting department lacks the facilities to address incidents on time.
“The firefighters are striving hard but equipment at their access are old and out of use; therefore, they cannot address incidents properly,” said Haji Sekandar, head of the union.
Figures by the union show that at least 450 shops caught fire in the incident on Sunday which totally inflicted almost $20 million loss to investors.