KARACHI: Karachi, the city of lights, has attracted people due to its charm of engulfing every aspect that a modern city can embrace. From marvels of modern-day architecture to gigantic stores and plazas, the city has developed massively over the past few years.
But the city having a population of 16.62 million is unfortunately one of the most densely polluted, according to the reports of World Health Organisation (WHO). With that, Pakistan ranks among the countries whose urban population is facing a highly-polluted environment to breathe in.
Heatwaves are probably now another season of a year. According to a local newspaper, 64 people lost their lives in three days of the heatwave this year only. Disappointing is the attitude of the provincial climate ministry that is not even doing the minimum to curb indicators like heatwaves. No doubt the industrial zones not only in Sindh but also across the country are not regulated and produce massive pollution. A real and pragmatic approach is needed to overcome the rapidly-increasing pollution by involving the health and finance authorities to produce an emergency work plan over the environment for the betterment of citizens.
Umer Bin Shaukat
Published in The Express Tribune, December 5th, 2018.