Karachi: Recent urban floods in Karachi devastated many areas of the city and there is a dire need to formulate a strategy to check such ugly happenings in future, demanded Jamaat-e-Islami leader and ex-MPA from Gulshan-e-Iqbal Muhammad Younus Barai.
He said in recent floods the areas of Saadi Town, Safoora Goth, Airport, Bhitaiabad, Prem Villas and adjoining localities were submerged in gushing rainwater that came from the Superhighway side. He said the civic authorities including Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) instead of telling the citizens about the real cause of the flood and tried it’s better to hush up the issue. He said this irresponsible attitude give birth to many rumors and conspiracy theories including breach of Thaddo Dam on Malir River. Some people thought that it was rainwater that came down from Khairthar Hills.
He said the Sindh government, KMC and national and provincial disaster management authorities should order their detailed investigation into this unique phenomenon of big and sudden urban flooding in Karachi that caught all the civic agencies and government department totally unprepared.
Barai regretted that our civic agencies that consume billions of rupees from the taxpayers’ money are ill-prepared to respond to emergencies, be them natural or manmade. He said the culture of corruption, bribery and political nepotism has resulted in inefficient and inept people occupying responsible public offices. He said the bureaucratic apparatus of Karachi civic institutions lack professionalism and merit and most of the appointments are politically motivated instead of being based on merit. He said for last two decades the civic agencies of Karachi have been enjoying going audit-free.
He said it is the violation of the constitution of Pakistan not to conduct routine audit of departments and agencies getting funds from the government kitty. He said unless the accounts of the institutions like the KMC, Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB), Karachi/ Sindh Building Control Authority, and defunct Karachi Development Authority (KDA) and City District Government Karachi (CDGK) are properly audited and recruitments made and regularized in them properly scanned the Karachi could not get an efficient, professional and merit-based civic management.
He demanded of the government to pay compensation to the affecttees of recent urban flooding in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Johar, North Nazimabad and other areas, besides announcing investigation commissions to probe into the causes of the flooding so that such happening could be prevented in future. He also requested the universities and institutions of higher education in Karachi, particularly NED University of Engineering and Technology and Karachi University to initiate research on the recent urban flooding in Karachi and assist the government institution in proper policymaking to save the city from such disasters in future.