Karachi turns filthiest city as municipal administration unable to operate garbage vans due to fund shortage


Karachi: There seems no municipal administration to pay attention on sanitation in metropolis, as heaps of garbage turning into mounds with every passing day could be seen everywhere in the city.

The heaps of garbage are seen not only at dumping sites but also at other places where the people devoid of civic sense have started throwing the filth.

In 11 union councils of Saddar town alone, there are 100 garbage dumping sites but as the filth has not been removed over past many weeks, the nearby roads and streets have been covered with it making difficult for the vehicles to pass. At some places especially behind the Sind secretariat the entire road remains covered with mounds of garbage blocking it since two weeks.

The mounds of garbage have caused spread of infectious skin ailments and other diseases in the concerned areas.

The heaps of garbage could be seen the main gate of Government Women College Shahrah Liaquat, Pakistan Chowk, Haqani Chowk, New Preedy Street, Shahrah-e-Kamal Ataturk, Sind Secretariat parking area, Regal Chowk and other important roads.

At some points the residents have started burning the garbage that again causes ailments.

An official at Saddar Town said that due to lack of funds the administration is unable to lift the garbage from these areas. He said: “We have no oil to run garbage vans. The owners of fuel stations have refused to provide fuel till the payment of arrears.

He said the town administration has not even paid salaries to employees for last four months and families of workers were facing starvation due to non-payment of dues. “How could you expect from a worker whose children are hungry Would he clean the streets
He said around 3000 sanitary workers are enough for estimated 1.2 million population of Saddar Town but shortage of funds has affected the performance. He said revenue from collection of trade license fee is Rs.10m while Sind government releases 25 to 30m under Zila Octroy Tax with 30 percent deduction at source for electricity bills. “This amount is not enough even for employees’ salaries so how can we run the vehicles to remove the garbage,” he added.

Official reluctantly told that Sind government is not releasing funds estimated to be 200m collected under sale & purchase of property tax from July 2012 and if this amount is released the salaries and sanitation situation would surely improve in the town.

He also disclosed that said most of sanitary workers are performing 2 to 3 hours duty and rest of time they work at other places, which also affects the sanitation in area. He added that half of salaries of sanitary workers go to the pockets of highups.