Cleanliness drive launched to fix City’s sanitary woes

KARACHI, PAKISTAN, NOV 19: A truck overloaded with garbage passes through a road in Karachi on Saturday, November 19, 2011. (Rizwan Ali/PPI Images).


The National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) and Bohra community have launched a cleanliness drive in the city on a self-help basis, mainly focusing on sanitation affairs of three districts including the downtown area of Karachi’s District South.

The cleanliness campaign was launched with a garbage disposal activity carried out in the vicinity of Tahiri Mosque in Saddar Bazaar area. The cleanliness campaign in which the District Municipal Corporation (DMC) South also collaborated was conducted to dispose of municipal waste from Mir Karam Ali Talpur Road, adjoining streets and markets of Saddar.

The representatives of Bohra community said that they had been compelled to launch the campaign as being a responsible section of society, adding that they had taken some desperately needed corrective measures on a self-help basis in view of the rising civic and sanitation issues.

Students of Islamia School, Hassania School, Karachi Public School, Saifiyah Boys School and other citizens took part in the cleanliness campaign.

Karachi Additional Commissioner Haji Ahmed lauded the initiative of the NFEH and Bohra community for lifting the garbage, saying the city’s administration would fully support and back such efforts for better environment and improvement in municipal and civic affairs of Karachi.

He said that more such community-based organisations should come forward and launch such campaigns, having backing of the administration in the best interest of Karachi.

Administrator DMC South Muhammad Rashid said that municipal agencies were required to be fully activated for cleanliness affairs but it was also high time that the citizens took action and resolved sanitation woes of their respective residential and business areas.