THE recently-announced Karachi package worth Rs1,100 billion remains a mystery for the people, for no development can be seen in the metropolis since its announcement. It was quite impressive that the prime minister announced such a package in a hurry and people were hopeful of a positive outcome.

Unfortunately, the package met the same fate as several other packages announced in the past. While the relief for residents remains out of sight, their miseries continue to rise with each passing day.

Most roads in the city are still damaged, and sewers overflow with no one to rectify the fault. Sewerage water gets mixed with the drinking water due to broken pipelines in some areas, leading to contamination and causing great trouble for the residents. While many areas face a similar situation, North Karachi Sector 11-A, in particular, is in a deplorable state.

Heaps of garbage continue to lie on roads as no arrangement has so far been made to clear them. The poor transport system is unable to meet the demand of the city’s growing population. The public transport arrangement in Karachi, which should be better than Lahore or Islamabad, remains neglected by the government.

The federal government should work in collaboration with the provincial government to address the lingering problems of the metropolis. The people would like to see the implementation of the development programme. In the meantime, the government must take some hands-on steps on an urgent basis instead of adopting delaying tactics.

Muhammad Ayub
Karachi

Published in Dawn, January 11th, 2021

Opinion

Living in Karachi
19 Jan 2021

Living in Karachi

The poor often end up paying more than middle-income segments.

Editorial

Updated 19 Jan 2021

LNG contracts

It is important for industry to reconnect with the national grid and for gas to be allocated for more efficient uses.
19 Jan 2021

Murdered judges

THE continuous violence in Afghanistan has raised serious questions about the sustainability of the peace process, ...
19 Jan 2021

K2 feat

A TEAM of 10 Nepalese mountaineers made history over the weekend as they scaled the world’s second highest peak K2...
Updated 18 Jan 2021

More ignominy for PIA

Decades of mismanagement, nepotism and political opportunism were bound to take their toll.
18 Jan 2021

Agriculture woes

AGRICULTURE is the lifeline of Pakistan’s economy. It is a source of livelihood for two-thirds of the country’s...
18 Jan 2021

Internet access

AS the Covid-19 pandemic rages on, and shows few signs of dissipating, one of the many lessons policymakers should ...