Missing manhole covers: CM ‘wakes up’ to social media campaign

Published: January 5, 2016
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The team spray painted Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah’s face on the roads to bring attention to unattended issues around the city. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

The team spray painted Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah’s face on the roads to bring attention to unattended issues around the city. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

KARACHI: 

A social media campaign against missing manhole covers in the city managed to succeed on Tuesday after the chief minister (CM) warned officials to fix the manholes in two days or face the music.

Seeing his own face stenciled next to open manholes likely annoyed Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah as he expressed anger at the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) administration on Tuesday.

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“Is it my duty to fix manhole covers?” Shah questioned the KMC administration. Taking notice of the campaign launched by 25-year-old Alamgir, Khan the CM directed KMC officials to immediately address such issues faced by citizens. Shah warned officials of stern action if missing manhole covers were not fixed.

The CM’s Inspection Team will visit different areas of the city after two days and submit a report to him. “And if the gutter’s cap is fixed, I will write a thanking note,” said Khan after learning of the chief minister’s notice.

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During the ‘awareness’ campaign, Khan had stencilled the chief minister’s face next to garbage piles and manholes with a simple message: ‘Fix it’.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • SK
    Jan 6, 2016 - 11:20AM

    I am certain about two things after reading this news- one, that nothing will be fixed and like gazilions of other orders this one will also go into trashcan. Second, Alamgir Khan will start facing music from local police or “secret” agencies of SindhRecommend

  • Jan 6, 2016 - 11:30AM

    He deserves a role in Walking Dead!Recommend

  • sgrr
    Jan 6, 2016 - 12:14PM

    What a governance, Chief Minister of the Province is looking after the manholes in city. Great. ZAB Zindah bad. Recommend

  • Individual
    Jan 6, 2016 - 3:25PM

    @SK: Alamgir is no fool. He can surely face and handle the music very well from every kind of authorities. Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Jan 6, 2016 - 4:03PM

    Nothing can shame these incurable criminals

    swimming deep in the corruption gutters Recommend

  • Naveed Iqbal
    Jan 7, 2016 - 11:12PM

    Respected Prime Minister, It is not your duty to fix the manholes but it is your soul duty to make sure everything is working fine and people under you are doing their jobs honestly.Recommend

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