Karachi. Due to negligence and incompetence on part of municipal bodies, Karachi has become a garbage dump. After imposition of the Municipal Act. 1979, conditions have deteriorated further.
Currently, 25 tons of garbage are produced in the city, of which only 25 percent is being disposed off. According to a survey conducted by the National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH), the streets of the city have become a dumping site for garbage, except for the posh areas. The situation is particularly worse in the area between Sindh Hotel and post office, Karimabad, Musa Colony, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Surjani Town, and New Karachi.
Garbage has piled up in all sectors of North Karachi which has not been picked up for the past few months. Due to this situation, citizens suffer from pollution, smell, and diseases in the holy month of Ramadan.
President, NFEH, Muhammad Naeem Qureshi has said that after the imposition of Municipal Act of 1979, the conditions of hygiene have deteriorated seriously and the political parties (with the exception of MQM, which raised its voice on this issue earlier), media and city organizations are watching silently and doing nothing.
He further added that the city government and bureaucracy have converted the city into a dump site saturated with pollution and smog. He appealed to political parties, NGOs and media to pressurize the political leadership and management, or else, there would be a danger of outbreak of disease. Naeem Qureshi also appealed to Governor Sindh and Chief Minister to take note of the situation and launch a cleaning campaign, with the imposition of municipal emergency.
Arsalan Al Bugti