Neglected cities


Allah Diwaya

The capital city of a Province rightly deserves its proper beautification, and we are all happy to note that in the case of Punjab’s capital city, the government seems to be leaving no stone unturned. But unfortunately, the smaller cities of the Province are being neglected as even their basic needs remain unattended. For instance, the main road of Muzaffargarh city called Multan road, which also hosts its main bazaar, is overcrowded with traffic and though it is in the process of being broadened by a few feet but the flow of traffic has already outgrown this measure which stands failed even before its completion. Instead, an overhead traffic bridge should be constructed here because all the traffic coming from and going to Multan passes through this bazaar and no amount of broadening can ever keep up with the continuous proliferation of the traffic volume on this road.
Another problem bedeviling Muzaffargarh city is the ill-conceived layout of WAPDA’s 11kv distribution lines originally erected imprudently 50 years ago without taking into account the future expansion needs of the city especially on its eastern side, as a result of which city’s population cannot expand to this side. These 11kv lines, for example, pass over the seven houses of our locality Chah Chashma on Alipur Road, and although a lot of residential land is still laying empty, other people cannot build their houses here due to those 11kv overhanging lines. Despite all our appeals to the Ministers and the Chief Minister, the MEPCO people demand heavy sums for shifting them to their proper place, the roadside. And we continue to live under constant threat to our lives. The government is requested to build an overhead bridge on Multan Road, and also order WAPDA/MEPCO to shift above-mentioned 11kv lines to the roadside. Even if they are removed completely, it will make no difference to anyone as another parallel line exists here to supplant its function.