Civic Center Karachi

The infrastructure-fixing efforts of the City Government of Karachi are bearing visible fruits. Many projects have been completed and a lot more are about to get done. Positive changes are already here and others can be expected soon.

Civic Center remains the icon of City Government and when we get to hear news like this, it certainly gets disturbing. For more than one reasons, the Civic Center building is an iconic representation of the City Government of Karachi. As the administration take up the greater challenge of fixing the infrastructure of far flung areas of the city that had been neglected so far, this place deserve some attention of the officials too.

Desite a total sum of Rs16.9 million per month being spent for the maintenance of the ten floors of the Civic Centre, Karachi, out of the 48 toilets located in the building, 80 per cent remain closed and the ones that are open are in bad shape, emitting a stench.

Anybody who have ever visited the Civic Center for car registration, tax payment or other similar matters would readily testify that the place is a deliberate and organized mess! It is not just the omni-present pan ‘peeks’ and ‘infrastructure-that-was’ that appear to be the problem, the very air is non-friendly and intimidating for an average citizen. I do not remember moving in the area without having one of my hands securing the pocket that contained my money and the essential documents as I watched the dozens of intermediaries and agents with unease.

So while the Nazim basks in kudos from everywhere, let us hope they resolve to make their very own official abode a model place where citizen can feel safe and have some basic facilities.

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