KARACHI: The chief minister of Sindh has finally realised that the metropolitan city of Karachi needs beautification, courtesy the third edition of the Pakistan Super League that is all set to hold its final in the city of lights.
The metropolis is not only covered with heaps of garbage in most areas but has also uncountable number of potholes and craters on roads creating a nuisance for motorists and commuters. However in the wake of CM Murad Ali Shah’s directive to the Karachi administration ‘to start beautifying the city to develop a festive atmosphere’, the question that arises is: will the beautification process be limited to certain areas leading up the National Stadium or will the whole city reap this benefit? Moreover, where is the CM planning to get funds from for his ambitious beautification campaign? Is he once again going to increase the tax burden on the working class of the city and use that tax revenue for this initiative?
Murad Ali Shah needs to answer all these questions before he begins beautifying the city because transparency will not only benefit him but will also make Karachiites feel part of the process that affects their city.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 12th, 2018.