Chronic inequalities

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SARAH HA­KEEM

While roam­ing around dif­fer­ent ar­eas of my city, one does not need to hire the ser­vices of some econ­o­mist to cal­cu­late in­equal­ity through GINI or other in­dexes; only eye in­spec­tion is suf­fi­cient. In­equal­ity is an in­her­ent part of global ex­is­tence, but it be­comes prob­lem­atic when its mag­ni­tude be­comes un­bear­able. The one side seems like Dubai; for in­stance Clifton, De­fence ar­eas and the other side is com­pletely des­o­late. Although the whole city is de­prived of de­vel­op­men­tal projects but the prob­lems are more se­vere in low in­come and back­ward ar­eas.

The as­tound­ing part is that peo­ple in Karachi tak­ing in­ter­est in buy­ing prop­erty at su­per high­ways or ar­eas which are not even prop­erly de­fined. DHA City, Bahria Town and Fazaia Hous­ing So­ci­ety are the lat­est ad­di­tions to the city’s land­scape. In­deed, the Su­per Highway, once just a place you vis­ited for chicken karhai at Al Habib Restau­rant, has be­come the hottest real es­tate par­adise.

The re­newed in­ter­est of Karachi­ites in the gated com­mu­nity is ba­si­cally a re­ac­tion to Karachi’s crime rate and the other se­ri­ous prob­lems like the lack of water, power, trans­port, and green­ery. It’s good to dis­cover and de­velop new ar­eas but leav­ing the pop­u­lated city ig­nored and prim­i­tive is quite in­equitable. I re­quest the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties to ob­serve the prob­lems of metropoli­tan city and pledge to re­lieve the city from the state of de­pri­va­tion. — Via email

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