PESHAWAR: Caretaker Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa former Justice Dost Muhammad Khan has said he has directed the PDMA to purchase four helicopters for the rescue operations and Ambulance helicopters. These helicopters were necessary for rescuing the people standard in the flood and other natural calamities in the province. These directives have already been directed towards finance department by the PDMA, he added.
He was talking to Caretaker Provincial Minister Zafar Iqbal Bangash and Advisor to Chief Minister Aasyia Khan at CM House Peshawar. He said that the PDMA officials had been asked to communicate his directives to finance department for releasing fund to purchase four helicopters for the province. These helicopters, he added could be used for rescue operations and air ambulance services in the flood and other natural calamities.
He said that the 2010 flood in the province devastated the whole infrastructure and caused precious human lives. The provincial government used the helicopters of Pakistan Army for entire rescue operations and the provincial government had to pay millions. With such amount the province could have purchased 8 helicopters for the rescue operations in the province. Each year the province is exposed to the flood because of the accelerated melting down of glaciers and monsoon rains causing loss of precious human lives and damage to the properties, he added.
He said he had directed the PDMA to negotiate with the finance department the required funding through a summary so that the province should have its own helicopters both for rescue operation and air ambulance services. He said it is hard to avert the danger of flood devastation but its damages could be mitigated. He said he had repeated his earlier directives in the concluding cabinet meeting for the purchase of four helicopters in order to rescue the human lives standard in the flood that could be shifted to safer places. He hoped the new government would take immediate steps for the purchase of four helicopters for the province for the purpose of rescue and air ambulance services in the best interest of the people of the province.