THE Sindh Industrial and Trading Estate (SITE) is one of the key industrial areas of Karachi which consists of large-scale industries owned by leading industrialists across the country and even from outside Pakistan. Besides running their industries successfully and earning billions, these industrialists are part of various platforms, like the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), the SITE Industrial Association, etc.
Despite all the money and the power – and the consequent influence – these industrialists have, the area has remained neglected even though it happens to be a hub of economic activities generating billions in revenue. The roads infrastructure in the area is in a shambles.
The pathetic and disastrous infrastructure, especially roads, not only create troubles for thousands of people employed in these industries, but portray a run-down image of the country at domestic and international levels. This poor representation of a key industrial area is a disgrace in itself.
Is there anyone accountable for this mess? The local government and the associations should wake up and look into these issues seriously.
J.R.D Tata rightly said: “Cleanliness is the hallmark of perfect standards, and the best quality inspector is the conscience.”
M. Faizan Punjwani
Published in Dawn, September 27th, 2021