The sanitation situation in the provincial metropolis exposed the poor performance of the authorities as sanitation staff have failed to dispose of remains on the third day of Eid ul Azha, The Express Tribune learnt on Wednesday.
The district administration had cancelled the holidays of concerned staff during Eid so that animal remains could be removed quickly, but all its efforts proved to be in vain as sacrificial remains were seen lying in every nook and corner of the city. The streets of the interior areas of the walled city including Rampura Gate, Ghareebabad, Dalazak Road, Gulbahar and others reek of decaying remains, making locals miserable.
“The cleanliness situation is not up to the mark,” said Rehmat Shah, a local, adding that the stench of remains is unbearable.
He says that the concerned authorities only make hollow claims while taking no practical action.
Orangazeb, a resident of the Kohati area, said that the lack of proper sanitation arrangements on the third day of Eid speaks volumes of the callous attitude of the responsible departments.
He further said that due to the bad odour of animal remains, it is difficult for one to step out of the house.
“It’s the government’s responsibility to keep the city clean, but the relevant authorities have turned a blind eye to the poor sanitary situation of the city,” he complained, adding that the animal remains lying everywhere are sufficient proof of negligence.
Dr Liaquat Ali feared that animal remains could spread diseases, adding that mosquitoes and houseflies sit on the piles of animal remains and transmit germs to people.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 11th, 2011.