Public nuisance: Potholed roads in Gulzar e Hijri cause accidents


Karachi: Pot-holed roads in Gulzar-e-Hijri neighborhood, a big public nuisance, are also causing road accidents besides traffic jams but both the local or provincial governments are not ready to get them repaired.

A large number of citizens living in Gulzar-e-Hijri locality face a lot of troubles due to the dilapidated conditions of some main roads of their area, which have developed carters and holes, especially after recent rains. These roads have become too dangerous for drivers and commuters but their repair and maintenance is being neglected at the government level.

Hijri Road, which is a main two-way street, to link Abul Hassan Isphahani Road to the M-9 Motorway via Gabol Goth, backside of the Karachi University, Kaneez-e-Fatima Society and Muhammad Khan Goth needs urgent repair. This road houses dozens of residential societies, educational institutions like Karachi University, supermarkets, hospitals, apartment buildings and densely populated Goths, but it still stands neglected. This pot-holed busy road needs urgent repair, besides removal of garbage and encroachments on its both sides.

Similarly, a section of another busy road linking the Memon Hospital and Kiran Hospital Road to the M-9 Motorway via Chapal Sun City, Sachal Goth, Lawyers’ Colony and PCSIR Labs complex is in very bad shape due to big pots and holes. This main road also needs urgent repair and removal of encroachments along it.

Yet another busy link road in this area connecting the Saadi Road to the M-9 Motorway has developed dangerous potholes, especially near Makhdoom Bilawal Goth, which is in want of urgent repair but so far this road is also neglected. Same is the case of the inner double-road of Sachal Goth, which is broken, badly pot-holed due to overflowing gutter lines. These streets need special funds for their urgent repair.

However, a meeting of Jamaat-e-Islami Public Aid Committee of UC-30 district East was held with UC Nazim Fahim Usmani in hair and attended by Syed Qutub Ahmed, Kashif Siddiqui, Engineer Khalid Jamal, Asghar Gabol and others.

The meeting discussed the matter of broken roads and streets in their neighborhood and warned that if urgent repair of these roads is not carried out, the Jamaat-e-Islami along with civil society and residents of the affected localities would start a big protest movement.

It demanded from the chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, local government minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, City mayor Waseem Akhter and administration of District Municipal Corporation (DMC) East to pay a serious attention to this serious issue affecting public and order urgent repair of the broken roads in large public interest.