Karachi: Rains once again have exposed the inept and ill-prepared administration in Karachi, where millions of citizens faced immense problems during the showers. Some 10 people were electrocuted while almost whole city faced power interruption due to the failure of unreliable Karachi-Electric (KE) to take precautionary steps.
Many roads and streets went inundated in gutter- mixed accumulated rain water and a large number of vehicles particularly motorbikes were seen stranded. Public transport minibuses mostly remained off-road, compelling philanthropist organization to arrange commuting services for Karachiites.
Al-Khidmat Karachi taking the lead started emergency voluntarily bus service on five most affected routes: NIPA to the Mazar-e-Quaid, Board Office Nazimabad to New Karachi, Kareemabad to Suhrab Goth and Airport to Malir and Landhi and Gulshan-e-Hadeed from Phase 1 to Phase 2.
Thousands of commuters availed the welcome commuting facilities of Al-Khidmat and praised the volunteers of Al-Khidmat and Jamaat-e-Islami who served them during heavy downpour. The citizens commented that other political parties should follow suit to serve the Karachiites.
However, accumulated water on roads and streets irked citizens. Shahra-e-Jamia was amongst the most affected artery of the city. It was inundated from Safoora Chowrangi to Mosimiat Chorawagi, in front of Karachi University, near Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology and at Hassan Square, exposing the performance of concerned civic agencies.
Karachi-Electric (KE) once again showed their real face as many parts of the city plunged into darkness. Many localities braved prolonged power outages. Many Karachiites feel the KE a curse for the city, asking how it is possible to earn billions from the city without providing satisfactory services to the citizens. They demanded from the federal government and NEPRA to take notice of the poor performance of the KE to provide some relief to the consumers.
However, the rains once again have proved beyond the shadow of doubt that Karachi as well as Sindh needs a real change and a real leadership that is able and committed to serve people.
Ironically, even the very street behind the Sindh Secretariat and Tughlaq House Building was inundated in knee deep accumulated gutter mixed rainwater.