QINGQI BAN: The recent decision to Qingqi rickshaws in the city will leave a negative impact. These vehicles have long been a lifeline for those with low-income backgrounds. In addition to offering affordable options for commuting, these vehicles provide means of employment to people. If a ban is implemented without providing alternatives, it will only increase poverty and frustration. It would be wiser for the government to think about regulating and improving these vehicles rather than banning them. Traffic and environmental concerns can be addressed with the implementation of safety rules. One does not really have to destroy the livelihoods of many people.
STREET GARBAGE: Streets across the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) and Clifton areas carry heaps of uncollected garbage, emitting foul odour. The Cantonment Board Clifton (CBC) has closed its eyes to the ever-existing problem of overflowing sewage. It not only poses a significant health risk to the area residents, but also tarnishes the image of these upscale neighbourhoods.
The authorities concerned should take proactive measures to improve the situation. Regular and efficient garbage collection services must be reinstated, and investments should be made towards upgrading the sewerage infrastructure.
Mohammed Owais Saleem
WAHI PANDHI COLLGE: The Wahi Pandhi College in Dadu district of Sindh has hundreds of students on its roll, but lacks basic facilities. Power outages are a common occurrence in the area. The absence of alternative energy sources, like solar panels, causes significant inconvenience to both students and the staff. Furthermore, the unavailability of examination forms is hindering the academic progress of the students, as they are unable to complete essential admi- nistrative procedures. The authorities concerned should ensure effective functioning of the college as well as the academic success of all its students.
Published in Dawn, February 12th, 2024