Cleanliness a far cry
The 100-day cleanliness campaign, launched by Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar in December last year, expired on Friday but no positive outcome has been gained.
According to details, the mayor has claimed to have removed 0.25 million ton garbage from six union councils in Central District but not a single street has been made clean from the litter.
People living in North Karachi, North Nazimabad, Federal B Area, Landhi and Liaquatabad said their areas remain untouched in the campaign as heaps of garbage are still visible on the roads.
Same claims were made for East District, Tariq Road, three UCs in Gulshan Iqbal and two UCs in Mahmoodabad and Lines Area but the reality looks a lot different.
However, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Pakistan chief Farooq Sattar’s constituency UC 19 has been cleaned. The locals said that only 10 to 30 percent work has been done under this campaign in some specific areas.
On the other hand, the provincial government has also estimated the cost and revealed that Rs10 crore was used in central district for proper sewerage system and infrastructure, Rs23 crore in District East and Rs40 crore in Korangi.
Earlier, Karachi mayor said that he had fulfilled his promised of cleaning the city and gave 10 out of 10 marks to himself on this campaign. He said the Sindh government did not cooperate with him otherwise the situation would have been a lot better.
Citizens in 16 union councils in their commends said that no cleanliness drive was carried out in their areas and they said they would not give two marks to the Mayor.