Railways seek KMC help for removing garbage near track

Karachi: Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar said cleaning of area around the railway track from Cantt Station to Landhi and establishment of green belts there will be done in coordination with Pakistan Railways so that passengers entering Karachi get a positive impression of the city.

He said garbage lifting is being done in all districts of Karachi which would improve sanitation condition around the railway track also. All possible cooperation will also be provided for removal of encroachments on railway lands.

He expressed these views while talking to the Divisional Superintendent of Pakistan Railway Aijaz Ahmed Buriro who met with the Mayor in his office on Tuesday.

Buriro said people living on both sides of railway track are using the track as garbage dumping site, which on one hand gives very ugly look and on the other hand is health hazardous for citizens.

He said although entire railway track and adjoining space from Karachi Cantt to Landhi is being used for dumping of garbage, but the locations needing 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 this garbage from the railway track.

Mayor directed concerned officers to carry out complete survey of the areas pinpointed by the divisional superintendent of Pakistan Railway with his coordination and take the necessary steps to bring improvement in the situation.

Akhtar said the railway line, specially the track which is used for entering the city, should be made beautiful and green so that people who visit 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 this purpose.