Back to square one

20 Nov 2020


IT has now been months since the heavy rains devastated Karachi, particularly the posh localities of Clifton and Defence Housing Authority.

After the rains, there was a lot of hue and cry raised by members of civil society and protests were held to demand improvement in the drainage system, road infrastructure and water supply in the area.

For a couple of months, there was suddenly water coming through water pipeline in some areas, and some cosmetic street repairs were also done.

Today, the situation is back to square one. The water supply has stopped, and the repair work stands pretty much frozen. The residents had expected improvement for at least a year in the wake of unprecedented protests post-rain, but even that much turned out to be a case of having expected too much.

Parvez Sukhia

Published in Dawn, November 20th, 2020