KARACHI: Over the past few weeks in Karachi, I have encountered many people from diverse sections of society. One common factor among all was their grievance and criticism of the government’s apathy in managing the congested traffic, controlling dust pollution, fixing filthy potholes and other such issues. Needless to say, poor air quality owing to the environmental degradation is one of the problems of Karachi city that is detrimental to our health.
Karachi has been ranked as one of the most polluted cities in the world as per the report published by World Economic Forum. This is really a grave issue that needs to be tackled on a priority basis before it takes a toll on human lives. All of us are busy complaining about the messy situation of the city, but no one seems to contribute to make their residential area clean and a better place to live in. The tragedy of today’s generation is that everyone thinks of making a change, but very few of us carry the burden on our shoulders of translating our thoughts into action. Then there is the blame game. In the end, we and our future generation will suffer.
The government should take serious steps to control the situation. For example, sincere steps must be taken to solve the issues, police authorities need to be more alert in safeguarding citizens’ life and property and liberty to make Karachi a peaceful city to live in.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 9th, 2018.