KARACHI: I would like to draw the attention of the authorities concerned towards the major problems the City of Lights faces. Karachi is the most populated city and the backbone of the country’s economy. Despite its contribution to the exchequer, the city is plagued with street and organised crime. Safety is a major issue and it hinders various developmental projects. Moreover, Karachi has been allowed to grow without any planning, and the booming population has resulted in a congested and mismanaged city. The traffic has become uncontrollable and is the most frequent problem faced by the helpless citizens. This causes multiple accidents on a daily basis, and also leads to numerous casualties. The authorities need to resolve these issues before they get worse. Actions must be taken like appropriate construction of roads, flyovers, underpasses, and installation of zebra crossings, and sign boards. The police and traffic police need systematic changes to root out corruption. Institutions such as K-Electric and the KMC also need to fix their systems. Almost every area in the city is impacted by load shedding and has heaps of garbage lying around. Unhygienic conditions, combined with illiteracy, add to the spread of diseases. The city’s government needs to take strong action and direct all the institutions to resolve these problems for the sake of Karachi’s future before they get completely out of control.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 28th, 2019.