Garbage case: SHC issues notices to mayor, DMCs, Cantonment Board

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  KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday issued notices to Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar and secretary local government on a petition against the accumulation of garbage in Karachi.

The petition was filed by a woman against lack of cleanliness and the alleged negligence of Mayor and other relevant authorities. An SHC bench heard the petition and issued notices to Mayor, secretary local government, District Municipal Corporations (DMC) and Cantonment Board.

The petitioner stated that the Sindh government, the mayor and other relevant authorities were not performing their responsibilities because there is still an accumulation of offal of sacrificed animals at several places in the city.

She stated that swarms of flies and mosquitoes were looming in Karachi due to dirt, which has resulted in an outbreak of diseases. She also stated that the citizens have been hit by diseases like Congo, throat ailment and stomach disease. The petitioner requested the court that directions may be issued to the mayor, cantonment board and relevant authorities for immediate arrangements for the removal of garbage from the city.

She also stated that the government must be directed for the launching of an awareness campaign for cleanliness. “The city could face further complex situation if immediate cleanliness arrangements are not made,” she said.