Karachi Rain Exposed Governments and City Administration: Mian Zahid Hussain
Karachi August 28 (Online Int’l): President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum Mian Zahid Hussain on Friday said the rains in Karachi have exposed the federal and provincial governments and the city administration. Masses and the business community have lost billions due to the rains and inefficiency of concerned authorities, he said.
Mian Zahid Hussain said that the government should declare city as calamity-hit, announce tax breaks, interest-free loans and a package for Karachi to push life back to normal and save businessmen from bankruptcy. Talking to the business community, the veteran business leader said that rainwater has entered homes, offices, and industries due to a broken sanitation and disposal system. The water has damaged building material, stored food items and exportable things worth billions of rupees. He noted that electricity, gas, and water is disconnected, the water board is not working, drains are blocked, the industry has been closed while exports and imports have been discontinued.
Federal, Provincial, and City Administrations are more interested in shifting blame than resolving issues while also blaming record rain spells over the last 90 years. Karachi is suffering from a governance crisis since many decades and the authorities prefer fire fighting over long-term and sustainable solutions which amount to damaging the national economy.
The infrastructure has deteriorated to an extent that it cannot withstand routine rains that end up paralyzing the whole city. The provincial government has canceled leaves after 40 deaths during rains which is useless and their officials will not be able to come to the office as most of the city is submerged and all roads have become rivers.
He said that PTI, PPP, and MQM should unite to end the culture of corruption and improve infrastructure otherwise the city will continue to suffer. Karachi cannot be left on the mercy of the climate and the masses are not ready to listen to lame excuses of the concerned officials, he said.
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