LARKANA: It is very saddening that Larkana, the city of two former prime ministers and the founder of the PPP, is in total disarray. The city is overcrowded, with encroached narrow roads, lack of traffic surveillance, traffic lights or any rules, which has made life miserable for its denizens. Cars are sometimes parked in the middle of roads. Every Friday night, teenaged bikers indulge in mindless racing and stunts, increasing the number of accidents but the police do nothing to control the situation. The overhead bridge in the city is closed due to repair work, which has led to the re-routing of traffic to the narrow city roads. However, there seems to be no end to the so-called repair work that has been going on at the bridge for the past six months.
The health care facilities are inadequate and patients are continually being referred to Karachi hospitals. In addition, there are the problems of poor sanitation, leaking drains, uncovered gutters, garbage, 16 hours of load-shedding, electricity theft, and the list goes on. Regrettably, the authorities have turned a blind eye to the ills the city faces.
Dr Sajid Hameed
Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2013.