Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, was famously known as Little London since it was once a bustling city with a number of multi-storey buildings. Now it lags behind all provincial capitals due its ramshackle infrastructure. With narrow pathways, streets and roads, the rapid unplanned construction of towering buildings has further caged the city. The environment over all is asphyxiating within the hub of the city restricting business chores, transportation and healthy activity, thus making city overly crowded.
The city which hosts most of the economic and administrative activities of the province is most negligible when it comes to planning and development. The higher authorities should put in necessary efforts to revamp infrastructure and provide incentives for outgrowth and expansion of the city equally in all directions. Urban planners need to now turn their attention towards Quetta and help develop it into a modern city so that it can benefit the people.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 24th, 2021.