Pathetic hygiene hallmark of Karachi food streets

Karachi: While authorities in Punjab are sealing dozens of hotels, food outlets and eateries in Lahore and other cities, Karachi food streets continuous to depict pathetic hygiene and sanitary conditions.

A visit on Sunday to Burns Road, one of the famous food streets of the city, showed overflowing gutters in front of food vendors at least in three side streets. Food vendors prepare their eateries in this highly dangerous atmosphere and their customers are at high risk of catching infectious diseases after eating their products.

Other major food streets are not different from Burns Road and are equally dirty but the city authorities, health department and other concerned agencies are unmoved in this largest city of Pakistan that is also capital of Sindh province, noted for its poor governance and rampant corruption.

However, owners of food shops and eateries are unperturbed as they consider them safe from any government action because they loyally and regularly pay bribes to corrupt bureaucracy. It seems not possible in near future that the rulers in Sindh learn from the experience of Punjab to take action against hotels, bakeries, fast food chains and footpath vendors who sell unhygienic food to the citizens of this mega city.

Some citizen rights originations are, however, thinking to file basic rights petitions in the high court to take action against sellers of unhygienic food in the city, especially its food streets.