Karachi, September 01, 2019 (PPI-OT):Pakistan Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Altaf Shakoor has advised the government to promote ‘garbage tourism’ in Karachi to generate some funds for the cash-strapped megacity. Talking to a delegation here Sunday, he said when the federal, Sindh and city governments are not ready to lift garbage and litter from Karachi, why they are not using it to introduce a ‘garbage tourism’, a new type of sightseeing of Nullahs and hiking of garbage hills in length and breadth of the megacity. He regretted that Karachi is now being quoted in international media for its swarms of houseflies and mosquitoes.
He said vector diseases like dengue, malaria, typhoid, and hepatitis are spreading fast in the megacity and previous day it was known that as many as 200 Chinese workers caught dengue while working at a project site in Karachi. He said Congo fever and naegleria fowleri are also spreading in the megacity due to pathetic sanitary conditions, while the city is at verge of dengue epidemic.
Altaf Shakoor said that according to the Federal Board of Revenue Yearbook 2017-18, which was released recently, Karachi contributed as much as PKR 980.766 Billion of the total tax generated from domestic sources, which amounts to PKR 2,389.666 Billion. This puts its contribution at 41 percent. He regretted that still both the federal and Sindh governments are not ready to own the megacity and provide it needed funds to save its citizens from filth and diseases.
He said the city government is totally dysfunctional due to an army of politically-recruited employees who are not able and nor ready to work. Moreover, the KMC faces acute paucity of funds because nothing is left for the megacity after paying salaries and pensions of city government employees. Altaf Shakoor demanded to make Karachi a ‘charter city’ so that it could collect local taxes, make local laws and stand on its own two feet instead of waiting for dole-out from the federal and provincial governments.
He said people of Karachi are now fed up with provincial and federal rulers who have left the megacity neglected and orphaned. He said Karachi is a revenue engine of Pakistan and it could even generate more revenue if the rulers invest in its infrastructure, especially municipal services, healthcare and public transport. He asked the PTI government to grant special funds for uplift of Karachi because the voters of this megacity have already sent dozens of PTI candidates to parliament.
He said the President of Pakistan Arif Alvi also belongs to Karachi, but sadly so far even he too has done nothing for his home city. Altaf Shakoor demanded of the provincial government of Sindh to declare a municipal emergency in Karachi, and call army to help the civil administration in removal of garbage, opening of chocked drains and carrying out a massive fumigation to kills millions of houseflies and mosquitoes that have made life of the Karachiites miserable.
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