Karachi: Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar said on Tuesday that cleaning of area around railway track from Cantt Station to Landhi and establishment of green belt will be carried out in coordination with Pakistan Railways so that passengers entering Karachi get good impression of the city.
“Garbage lifting and removal is being performed in all districts of Karachi which will help make sanitation condition better around the railway track. All possible cooperation will be provided in the removal of illegal encroachments on railway land,” he said while talking to the Divisional Superintendent of Pakistan Railway Aijaz Ahmed Buriro who called on him at his office today.
Buriro said the local population on either side of track had been utilizing railway track as garbage dumping site, which on one hand gives very ugly look and on the other hand is health hazardous for the citizens of this major city.
He said although entire railway track and adjoining space on either side of track from Karachi Cantt to Landhi was being used for dumping of garbage. However, the locations, which need immediate attention are Karachi Cantt, Departure Station Yard, Drigh Road, Malir City Station and surroundings of Landhi Station. He requested the mayor to issue instructions for removal of all this garbage from the railway track.
The mayor directed officers to carry out a complete survey of the areas pinpointed by the divisional superintendent of Pakistan Railway with his coordination and take necessary steps to bring improvement in the situation.
Akhtar said the railway line, specially the track, which was used for arrival of inter-city trains in Karachi, must be made beautiful and green so that people who come to the city get a refreshing feel.
He also directed the officers to motivate the local population to refrain from dumping their garbage on the railway track and instead use dumping sites for garbage so that municipal staff could collect it and dispatch to landfill sites.