A case for Mayor of Islamabad

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - M AZAM MINHAS

Mar­galla Town, Islamabad, was es­tab­lished forty-five years back, by the Cap­i­tal Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (CDA). Since then, res­i­dents of the Town are reg­u­larly ap­proach­ing the Au­thor­ity for pro­vid­ing ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties like: ed­u­ca­tion, health (Treat­ment Plant (+) Dis­pen­sary), water, car­pet­ing of roads and streets, street lights and the likes. Hon­estly writ­ing not a sin­gle one fa­cil­ity has so far been pro­vided ac­cord­ing to promised plan of CDA. The Au­thor­ity is well aware that th­ese fa­cil­i­ties are en­listed in the ba­sic rights of ev­ery cit­i­zen ac­cord­ing to fun­da­men­tal rules of the peo­ple.

The Town is lo­cated on the brink of river-Ko­rang, so, es­tab­lish­ment of a Treat­ment Plant (TP) is must, be­cause, house wastage runs into river openly. The res­i­dents are suf­fer­ing un­be­liev­able whiff. Some­time, the res­i­dents are com­pelled to spray per­fume (an­other way of in-hail­ing allergy germs). It is im­pos­si­ble for a per­son to have a sound sleep, at night, due to mos­quito bit­ing, whereas, the lovely dogs of an ex-Pres­i­dent are liv­ing in a much bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment in the same lo­cal­ity! The dan­ger of spread­ing of any epi­demic at any time due to low re­sis­tance, es­pe­cially, in in­fants of the town and on­ward set­tle­ments like – So­han, Iqbal Town, Shakrial, Ghori Town, and Gul­berg, is hang­ing on the res­i­dents of th­ese ar­eas like Damo­cle’s sword.

One would won­der to know that, the Town is lo­cated hardly 03-4km away from the of­fice of Chair­man, CDA. Ac­cord­ing to CDA’s plan/rules ev­ery ba­sic fa­cil­ity would be pro­vided to the in­hab­i­tants of the Cap­i­tal. Th­ese fa­cil­i­ties are still not pro­vided due to one rea­son or the other. The in­habit- ants of the Town are be­com­ing un­faith­ful day-by-day. This is the rea­son that the de­prived peo­ple, mo­ti­vated by some or the other po­lit­i­cal fig­ure, join the marches to­wards D-chowk, to vent their agony cre­ated by in­jus­tices and dis­crim­i­na­tion meted out to them by the CDA. If, re­spon­si­ble au­thor­i­ties, es­pe­cially their rep­re­sen­ta­tives, serve the public ac­cord­ing to their slo­gan “khadim-e-awaam” no­body would par­tic­i­pate in marches and sit-ins.

Imag­ine, the Au­thor­ity has suf­fi­cient funds for construction of Open Air The­atre on Shakarpar­ian, Sport Com­plex, cricket grounds, kite fly­ing fa­cil­ity and the likes, but not hear­ing noise of the pop­u­la­tion ask­ing for ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties, since long. The town is al­most filled-in ac­cord­ing to town plan­ning pa­ram­e­ters but the fa­cil­i­ties are still awaited. This is the sit­u­a­tion go­ing-on in the close vic­ity of the seat of state power, what about the other parts of the coun­try? This is the rea­son that even, an atomic power, Pak­istan is far be­hind the ad­vanced and de­vel­oped na­tions, in mat­ters of so­cial set-ups.

With the con­certed ef­forts of Mar­galla Town Wel­fare So­ci­ety (Regd.) - a group of ed­u­cated and se­nior cit­i­zens – a few fa­cil­i­ties were pro­vided to the res­i­dents. Ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents of the Town are gov­ern­ment ser­vants (tax pay­ers), so un­able to af­ford th­ese fa­cil­i­ties from their own sources. The scribe would like to re­quest, the Mayor of the City, to please in­ter­vene and help out in case of in­stal­la­tion of a Treat­ment Plant (TP) in the in­ter­est of Mar­galla Town and sur­round­ings. —Islamabad

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