The plight of Clifton

Seems like Clifton is still having issues after the great downpour last month.

A distressed citizen writes, “I am a citizen from Clifton. I wish to tell my fellow Karachittes that we are now constantly facing the problem of overflowing gutters. This has resulted in the breaking down of roads in the streets. We have poured dozens of complaints to the union council nazims in our areas who never seem to be at their offices. We recently got to know that one of them is away on a trip to UK. So far nothing has been done to solve our problem. I wish to know who else is facing these problems….”

So, what else is overflowing in what part of Karachi?

7 Comments so far

  1. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 12:36 pm

    Its sad to see our city in such a situation but to be honest no one can do much about it. We all have been generally generous in building houses going well beyond the approved codes hence have over powered the drainage system. Our real estate mafia has practically built on top of all the existing drainage system which over time has become clogged with the piles of rubble stashed around it.

    To improve the city would need a massive effort running into millions if not billions. Clifton and defence are just the better side of the story, the rest of the city “Pul Par” lives in a far more precarious situation.

    Well beyond the politically motivated and narrow minded local bureaucracy

  2. shlazz (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 12:57 pm

    I live in Defence Phase VI… the rain water is still seen on many unused plots..its amazingbcoz of all the freaded heat the water is still there..wast worse the water is seeping into the roads & cracks are appearing on the sides of the roads… its really is devastating…nota single lane in DHA is smooth, all are cracked up or unearthed

  3. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 1:03 pm

    I beg to differ.

    It is a world wide problem that Governments cannot do all that is expected from them. Sometimes, citizens, more specifically local residents, have to take on some of the civic responsibilities. If in the above-mentioned case, if the local union councils are not listening, then worry not, the street residents should get together, hire a gutter cleaner and get the gutters cleaned themselves.

    To give you an example, the very same situation arose in our streets a few years back and we basically did the same.

    The botton line is – until and unless the citizens of this country learn to shoulder some civic/ common responsibilities, this Country will not make any sufficient progress.

    My two cents worth!!

  4. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

    Uh huh!! It seems that by the time I had posted my reply two readers have also posted theirs.

    My reply was basically for Umar’s post is not in response to the above-two readers.

  5. podracer (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 1:43 pm

    Now we are moaning and complaining about Clifton and Defence.

    Have we ever thought of those poor souls living IN the gutters and beside “ganda naalas”? Don’t they deserve to be helped too? We just turn a blind eye to the poor society living in slum areas in Karachi.

    I don’t mean to undermine the expression of this particular problem, but when facing these problems we should keep in mind the less-previleged citizens as well. People are living in inhumane conditions in the city and I feel horrified and a bit guilty at times when I happen to pass by such areas.

  6. mansoor (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 2:08 pm

    well said arsalan!

  7. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 9:16 pm

    Thank you, Mansoor.

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