Non-dis­crim­i­na­tory ac­count­abil­ity is im­per­a­tive: Mur­taza Wa­hab

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Spokesper­son of Sindh Gov­ern­ment and Ad­vi­sor for Law , En­vi­ron­ment & Coastal De­vel­op­ment Bar­ris­ter Mur­taza Wa­hab has said that those who op­pose the new district of Ke­mari in Karachi are the ones who have di­vided Hy­der­abad into four dis­tricts. It was ac­cept­able for them to tear apart the city but the prob­lems of the cit­i­zens of Karachi are be­ing solved on their doorstep.

They are find­ing it an­noy­ing. The peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for the civic prob­lems in the mega city Karachi are the ones who mis­used the im­mense pow­ers in the past. He said in an in­for­mal con­ver­sa­tion with me­dia per­sons in his Of­fice that in the past, the claimants of this city had mis­used their pow­ers and had com­mer­cial­ized the main high­ways of the city.

He said that the so­lu­tion to Karachi's prob­lems is not in hav­ing a mul­ti­ple chair­man / mayor but in ap­point­ing a boss. He said that the PPP cures the civic bod­ies. How­ever, their non-dis­crim­i­na­tory ac­count­abil­ity is also im­per­a­tive. The city of more than 30 mil­lion peo­ple con­trols barely 40% of the city. The rest is con­trolled by fed­eral agen­cies and can­ton­ments, but un­for­tu­nately in some parts of the city When is­sues arise, the blame is shifted to the Sindh gov­ern­ment, KMC or DMCs which is based on ut­ter in­jus­tice and mal­ice.

He said that there are seven­teen agen­cies in the city which own the land of this city. The most im­por­tant road of the city, Shahra-e-Faisal, is mostly owned by can­ton­ments. Fed­eral Rail­ways has set up so­ci­eties on Shahra-e-Faisal where hun­dreds of build­ings have been con­structed.

He said that un­for­tu­nately in the past the city and its peo­ple were op­pressed and the roads here were com­mer­cial­ized which re­sulted in a small plot of land. A ten-storey build­ing was con­structed across the city from these ar­eas.

Bar­ris­ter Mur­taza Wa­hab said in re­sponse to a ques­tion that the set­tle­ment of hun­dreds of peo­ple in a ten-storey build­ing on a fam­ily plot had cre­ated prob­lems in the drainage sys­tem of the city. In­sti­tu­tions were de­stroyed. Only five and a half thou­sand peo­ple were re­cruited in the Wa­ter Board. The in­fra­struc­ture of this in­sti­tu­tion was de­stroyed. Fake re­cruit­ments were made by reck­less use of pow­ers. In­stead of in­creas­ing rev­enue, ex­penses were in­creased. Who knows who is re­spon­si­ble for this catas­tro­phe?

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from DA, MDE, SBCA (then KBCA) and other agen­cies, he said that DHA is a cov­ered area of Karachi but in the rains there There is no Sindh gov­ern­ment or KMC gov­ern­ment. Why the ques­tion does not go there? Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion about the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of rain­wa­ter in Cen­tral District. He al­so­said that it was made a district un­der the best plan of Karachi.

Its roads were wide but a poor plan in a fed­eral trans­port project in the district.

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