Karachi Pollution : Does anyone bother ?

The air and water pollution levels in Karachi have crossed national and international environment quality standards posing serious threat to the lives of 12 million residents of the city. In a report prepared by the SUPARCO, scientists have warned the government to take immediate measures to check the factors responsible for deteriorating environment. The research report, which was prepared for the city government, also warned that the metropolis had already reached the critical sustenance limits of pollution on roads.

That was DAWN, July 2006 which Huma also highlighted. This is Feb., 2007 & every day there seems to be an ever increasing pollution in our city. While there is one type of development going on right now (though we once heard a news item from Naimatullah) the 12 million Karachiites have been left at the helm of nature & misery when it comes to pollution, specially air, water & noise. It would be great if any reader can share any project in this regard. Pollution has great effects on Karachiites daily lives specially students & professionals. Also there are the traffic walas, pushcart holders & drivers who are inhaling poison 8-10 hours a day for what? Few thousand rupees ? (& this amount will again be balanced on their health spending). I tried to take a clean shot using high resolution camera but failed as many others do. Men are mostly at receiving end here as a good portion of women stay at home. An hour’s drive at any major road especially MA Jinnah & you feel like entering a polluted tunnel. While many are shouting for sometime but is anyone listening?

And we are not alone, mind you. Our neighbors are facing the same problem. So, is that no major step is being taken world over or it’s only in our case that no project seems to exist (or we are ignorant) for this silent poisonous killer that is affecting this possibly-beautiful city. Does anyone bother ?

10 Comments so far

  1. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on February 20th, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

    There was once a 2, 3 days drive against Smoke emitting vehicles, why it has died?
    The major smoke and noise come from Rickshaw i think they should be converted to CNG instantly.
    In Delhi all rickshaw, taxis and buses are CNG based.

  2. BoZz (unregistered) on February 20th, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

    What happened to the Govt. ‘deadline’ (ok, ok I know it bullshit but..) of taking the Rickshaws off the streets and replacing them with ones that run cleaner and silently? Incidentally Rickshaws have been identified as one major cause in Karachi at least for environmental pollution.

    And MB the answer is NO no ones bothers. The reason is this subject is NOT a vote and popularity winner. And you want to know why?

    Because, the common man is too dumb to understand the implications of this problem. All he thinks about is today. And as correctly pointed out else where in this blog, he does not realize that what he earns today he will spend twice that tomorrow for his and his families health care.

    Bottom line – cut the population and provide education.

  3. BoZz (unregistered) on February 20th, 2007 @ 5:45 pm

    As we all know, there are various types of pollutions. i.e. Air Pollution, Water Pollution, Land Pollution, Noise Pollution etc. I came upon an interesting article which I would like to share with all those interested.

    It is indeed a small step but with pretty major implications and it is something that you and I can start to do today to help our world.

    Australia has announced plans to ban incandescent light bulbs and replace them with more energy efficient fluorescent bulbs.

    The environment minister said the move could cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tonnes by 2012.

    “If the whole world switches to these bulbs today, we would reduce our consumption of electricity by an amount equal to five times Australia’s annual consumption of electricity,” he said.

    The incandescent light bulb, which wastes energy in heat dispersed while the light is switched on, is based on a design invented by Thomas Edison in 1879.

    The bulbs will be completely phased out by 2010 and replaced with the more fuel efficient compact fluorescent models which use around 20% of the electricity to produce the same amount of light.

    People we can do this too if we want to that is!

  4. TEE BEE (unregistered) on February 20th, 2007 @ 9:10 pm

    Agree with Bozz…….

    EDUCATION is the ultimate solution to all socio-politico-ecnomical-environmental and what-not ISSUES…….

    If the major part of our GDP is spent on EDUCATION rather than DEFENCE EQUIPMENT…we would be far off better THAN we are today..!!!!

  5. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 20th, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

    ban old smoke emitting buses,rickshaws be taken off the roads , strict fitness rules should be applied and corrupt haramkhor officials should be screen out from vehicle fitness issuing department… karachi is
    already less green as compared to lahore and wat ever greenery we’ve left is also blackened by pollution…

  6. HH (unregistered) on February 21st, 2007 @ 12:10 am

    TEE TEE when you say EDUCATION is the ultimate solution to all problems. What type of EDUCATION due to talk about. Cause if the education being imparted is just for the sake of earning money, which happens all around the world, then surely none of the problems we have in this world will be solved. The most important aspect of education is the way a child is brought up such that he can distinguish between right and wrong and become a responsible adult. And the only way to distinguish between right and wrong is through moral guidence. But the question is what moral values should we accept, the ones drawn up by men, which change from time to time or do we accept the moral values given to us by Allah.

  7. HH (unregistered) on February 21st, 2007 @ 12:15 am

    Sorry it should be TEE BEE in the above post. My fault

  8. Imran (unregistered) on February 21st, 2007 @ 4:20 am

    Fair is foul
    And foul is fair.
    Hover through the fog
    and filthy air!

    (And thats from ‘Sheikh Peer’, not me :)

  9. Aussi_Paki (unregistered) on February 21st, 2007 @ 6:00 am

    Pollution in Karachi has gone worse by the years. I visited Pakistan this Dec- Jan after 5 years and it has become heaps more polluted. You can’t tell before landing whether it is smog or it is the clouds =/, ok, may be I’m exaggerating a bit here. It is no doubt that people breath Carbon Monoxide more than Oxygen, especially in areas around Guru Mandir, Nazimabad, Saddar. It does get better on Zamzama side. I am wondering whether normal state of art buses are allowed in the Zamzama area?? I even liked Clifton very much! It has become a lot less polluted…but the air pollution prevails and keeps getting worse by the day.

  10. Da-Man (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 5:45 pm

    Banning rickshaws, buses is not realistic. People’s livelyhood depends on them. Replacing the production of two stroke engines with four stroke and CNG engines is practical.
    Replacing incandescent bulbs with flourescent bulbs is something that will impact right away and can easily done. They use a fraction of the electricity, burn cooler, last longer. See their impact on this website http://green.yahoo.com/

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