Tajikistan: Rapid Reaction to Bazaar Fire Enhances Mayor’s Rep
A raging fire consumed the largest market in Tajikistan’s capital this week, destroying dozens of stores and leaving around 200 people without a livelihood.
The blazed last into the morning on July 3 and spread over an area of 480 square meters. The police say the fire was likely caused by a short circuit.
After the fire, a group of traders decided to make a direct personal appeal to the mayor of Dushanbe, Rustam Emomali, who is also the eldest son of the president. To everybody’s surprise, the traders were ushered into a meeting with Emomali.
As Khovar state news agency reported, Emomali gave instructions for the affected traders to be exempted from rent and other fees for a two-year period. The mayor also ordered that Korvon bazaar be rebuilt and installed with modern fire detection equipment.
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